Economists: Build Back Better Framework Will Make Long-Neglected Key Economic Investments

Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy:

The Build Back Better framework is a historic opportunity to invest in child care, long-term care, clean energy, health care and more.

These once-in-a-generation investments will create millions of jobs, lower costs on essential expenses for American families and help position the United States to meet the enormous challenges of the 21st century, including a changing economy and a growing climate crisis.

Once passed, this framework will counteract decades of underinvestment in our communities that has come at a cost to working Americans and caused our economy to grow unevenly. 

We urge Congress to pass this critical and historic framework into law.

Signed, 

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Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University

Amy Crews Cutts, AC Cutts & Associates

Elizabeth Palley, Adelphi University School of Social Work 

Gabriel Mathy, American University

David Weiman, Barnard College, Columbia University

Juliet Schor, Boston College

Neva Goodwin, Boston University & Tufts University 

Mark Votruba, Case Western Reserve University

Andres Vinelli, Center for American Progress

Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research(CEPR)

Howard Chernick, City University of New York

Rick Eichhorn, Coe College

Alexandra Bernasek, Colorado State University

Elliott  Sclar, Columbia University 

Eric Verhoogen, Columbia University

Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University

Adam Tooze, Columbia University

Brendan O’Flaherty, Columbia University 

Erica Groshen, Cornell  University

Christopher Barrett, Cornell University

Arnab Datta, Employ America

William Ferguson, Grinnell College

Rakeen Mabud, Groundwork Action

Claudia Sahm, Jain Family Institute

Peter Matthews, Middlebury College

Carolyn Craven, Middlebury College

Anna Stansbury, MIT

Barry Bluestone, Northeastern University

Gernot Wagner, NYU

James Stewart, Penn State

Alan Blinder, Princeton University

Lauren Melodia, Roosevelt Institute

Yana Rodgers, Rutgers University

Kimberly Christensen, Sarah Lawrence College

Rick McGahey, Schwartz Center, New School for Social Research

Ellen Mutari, Stockton University 

Deborah Figart, Stockton University 

Edith Kuiper, SUNY New Paltz

Ranjit Dighe, SUNY Oswego

Teresa Ghilarducci, The New School for Social Research

Codrina Rada, U of Utah

Margaret Andrews, U.S. Department of Agriculture, retired

François Geerolf, UCLA

Aaron Sojourner, Univ. of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Michael Reich, University of California at Berkeley

Raul Hinojosa, University of California Los Angeles- NAID Center

Clair Brown, University of California- Berkeley

Ronald Lee, University of California-Berkeley

Chris Tilly, University of California-Los Angeles 

Chris Benner, University of California-Santa Cruz

Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley

Richard Gilbert, University of California, Berkeley

Sylvia Allegretto, University of California, Berkeley

Farida Kahn, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

Haider Kahn, University of Denver

Yavuz Yasar, University of Denver

Carmen Diana Deere, University of Florida

Marcus Casey, University of Illinois at Chicago

James Ziliak, University of Kentucky

Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lenore Palladino, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Michael Ash, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Gerald Epstein, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Arthur MacEwan, University of Massachusetts Boston

Mary Stevenson, University of Massachusetts Boston

Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston

Philip Moss, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Thomas Weisskopf, University of Michigan

Margaret Levenstein, University of Michigan

Samuel Stolper, University of Michigan

Sheldon Danziger, University of Michigan

Warren Whatley, University of Michigan

Doyne Farmer, University of Oxford

Dorene Isenberg, University of Redlands

Manuel Pastor, University of Southern California

Michael Hillard, University of Southern Maine

Stephanie Seguino, University of Vermont

Fabio Ghironi, University of Washington

Timothy Bartik, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (organization for identification purposes only)

Michael Garvey, Washington Center of Equitable Growth

Sari Kerr, Wellesley College 

Emily Hoffman, Western Michigan university

John Watkins, Westminster College 

John Miller, Wheaton College, Norton, MA

Sarah Jacobson, Williams College

John Roemer, Yale University