July 2012 ‘Five Questions With…Podcast’: Northeastern University Economist Dr. Barry Bluestone

The MAR Report | August 10, 2012

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In this late July(…early August?) edition of our “Five Questions With…Podcast”, we speak to Northeastern University Economist Dr. Barry Bluestone about the Massachusetts real estate market, the economy and more.

Dr. Barry Bluestone Bio:
Barry Bluestone is the Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy, the founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy (CURP), and the founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.  The Center is a “think and do tank” devoted to research and policy in the areas of housing, workforce development, local economic development, manufacturing, and transportation.  The new public policy school has been designed to more closely link Northeastern with the broader community, focusing on many of the critical challenges facing the city, the region, and the nation.  Through its World Class Cities Partnership, the School is working with cities and universities throughout the world to better understand and meet the challenges faced by urban regions operating in a global economy.

Each year, the Dukakis Center publishes The Greater Boston Housing Report Card and staffs the Commonwealth Housing Task Force (CHTF) whose members include leaders from the business community, banking, housing developers, Community Development Corporations, and housing advocates.  As part of his work with the CHTF, Bluestone was one of the three designers of Massachusetts’ Smart Growth Housing Law (Chapter 40R and Chapter 40S).

Bluestone is author of hundreds of articles and monographs and co-author of eleven books.  These include, among others, The Deindustrialization of America (1982), The Great U-Turn: Corporate Restructuring and the Polarizing of America (1988), Negotiating the Future: A Labor Perspective on American Business (1992), Growing Prosperity: The Battle for Growth with Equity in the 21st Century (2000) and The Boston Renaissance: Race, Space, and Economic Change in an American Metropolis (2000).  In 2008, he co-authored The Urban Experience: Economics, Society, and Public Policy, a multidisciplinary textbook for undergraduate and graduate courses in the social sciences.

Before coming to Northeastern in 1999, Bluestone taught political economy for more than twenty-five years at Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Boston.  While on leave from UMass in 1995, he was Special Policy Advisor to House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt working on such issues as raising the national minimum wage, increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit, labor law reform, and fair trade.  He received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.  He is a founding board member of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Center for Social Studies based in Rome, Italy.

About the 5QW Podcast:
The 5QW podcast features interviews with local and national experts, journalists and other interesting people who work in and around the real estate industry.

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