Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics Gives Insight to Current State of Employment on NPR (Phoenix)

June 3, 2020


Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics Price Fishback spoke in a June 2 segment on the NPR affiliate in Phoenix, KJZZ.

Fishback spoke about the effect that the unemployment had on certain employees in Arizona saying: “For a retail worker in Arizona, the earnings are approximately 650 dollars, so when you’re adding the 600 that are given from the government, you’re adding about 100 percent their normal wage.”

He also mentioned the current state of unemployment in Arizona and gave insight on what options the state could look to in order to help people whose unemployment is ending on August 1 and aren’t expecting the employment situation to change in the near future, including how the CARES Act could be utilized.

Fishback joined the Eller College of Management as associate professor in 1990 after teaching at the University of Georgia. He was appointed the Thomas R. Brown Professor of Economics in 2010. He earned his PhD in Economics from the University of Washington in 1983. His research areas of interest are the political economy of Roosevelt’s New Deal during the 1930s, examining both the determinants of New Deal spending and loans and their impact on local economies throughout the U.S. He also works on state labor legislation during the Progressive Era, the American Economy during World War II and changes in agriculture in response to climate, government policy and technology. Fishback is also a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic History at Australian National University, a CAGE Fellow at Warwick University, a program scholar for the Hoover Program on Regulation and the Rule of Law, a fellow at the TIAA-CREF Institute and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.