Mathew Forstater

Professor of Economics
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Mathew Forstater is a Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Director of the Center for Full Employment and Price Stability (C-FEPS) and a Research Associate of the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. Forstater received his B.A. (summa cum laude) in African American Studies from Temple University (1987), and an M.A. (Honors, 1993) and Ph.D. (1996) in Economics from the New School for Social Research. His Ph.D. dissertation was supervised by Robert Heilbroner, author of The Worldly Philosophers.

Forstater has published widely on the Employment Policy, Political Economy, and the History of Economic Thought. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Missouri Institute for Public Policy and an Associate of Columbia University Seminars. He is interviewed regularly in the media and speaks in the Kansas City area on topics such as reparations for African Americans, employment policy, and race, class, and health. Forstater has served as an economic advisor in a variety of contexts, including a 2002 International Labour Organization-sponsored mission to advise the Ministry of Labour of Argentina, where his proposals for increases in the minimum wage and a public employment program were made into law.

Forstater also has over two decades experience in research, teaching, consulting and policy advising in environmental policy, ecological economics, and sustainable development. His work on “Green Jobs” goes back at least to 1997, with over ten refereed journal articles and monographs on issues of employment and environmental sustainability. Forstater contributed eleven entries to the second edition of the International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences, including “Pollution, Air”, “Pollution, Noise”, and “Stationary State”. His Little Book of Big Ideas: Economics (2007, Chicago Review Press) has recently been translated into Estonian, Dutch, and Swedish.