Michael J . Murray

Professional Biography

I am an educator and economist at Bemidji State University, Bemidji Minnesota. I have been a Research Scholar at the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and Professor of Economics within the Center for Sustainability Studies at Bemidji State University. He co-edits the American Review of Political Economy and is the series editor of the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity book series at Palgrave Macmillan.

I am the coeditor of four books on the Job Guarantee (Palgrave Macmillan) and numerous book chapters at articles.

My research focuses on public policies targeting the dual problems of unemployment and poverty, production theory, structural and technological change, and its impacts on employment.



The contributors to this edited collection argue that a flexible Job Guarantee program able to react to an economy’s fluctuating need for work would stabilize the labor standard, the value of employment in relation to money. This flexible full employment program would create a balanced, perpetually active labor force, providing the macroeconomic stability necessary to define a functioning labor standard.

This collection investigates how full employment programs can sustain the economy and the environment, promote social justice, and reinvigorate local communities. The contributing authors focus on the formation of institutions to eliminate the opportunity gap for marginalized populations, enact environmentally sustainable methods of production and consumption, and rebuild local economies through education, training, and community redevelopment programs.

"A hugely welcome series of studies of direct job creation policies in multiple countries that make clear that national employment guarantees can provide work security and mitigate poverty.

...The essays in this volume offer the information needed to insure that an American program is designed and implemented paying close attention to the strengths and weaknesses of other nation's experiences with employment guarantees." - William A Darity, Professor of African and African-American Studies and Economics and Chair, Department of African and African American Studies, Duke University, USA

This timely collection will be the first of its kind to focus on the practical application of the government job guarantee (JG) for both developed and developing economies. Global case studies include: United States, China, Ghana, Argentina, Ireland, Iceland, and India.


American Review of Political Economy, Michael J. Murray (editor):

The American Review of Political Economy is an open access, peer reviewed journal of political economy.

The editorial team seeks high-quality submissions from all branches of heterodox economics, including Post Keynesian, Institutionalist, Ecological, Marxian, Sraffian, Austrian, and Classical Political Economy.


  • Michael J. Murray, Bemidji State University, USA
  • Nikolaos Karagiannis, Winston-Salem State University, USA

Editorial Board

  • Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.
  • Michelle Baddeley, University College London, UK.
  • Jerry Courvisanos, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, AUS.
  • Mathew Forstater, University of Missouri Kansas City, USA.
  • Wendy Harcourt, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • John T. Harvey, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, US
  • Caroline Shenaz Hossein, University of Toronto Scarborough, CA
  • Josefina Y. Li, Bemidji State University, USA.
  • Gary Mongiovi, St. Johns University, Jamaica NY, USA.
  • Sanjay Reddy, New School, New York, USA.
  • Geoffrey Schneider, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA, USA.
  • Charles Whalen, University of Buffalo, Washington D.C., USA.