UMass economics professor (and Hillary supporter) says economy would soar under Sanders’ plan

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University of Massachusetts/Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman.
University of Massachusetts/Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman.

University of Massachusetts/Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman likes what he sees in Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ economic growth plan and he has studied it in great detail.

According to Friedman, jobs and the median income under Sanders’ plan would grow dramatically.

Friedman says he likes both Sanders and Clinton, but currently supports Clinton, and contributes $10 a month to Clinton’s campaign.

You can read the full story here on, which includes a link to Friedman’s full 34-page study. Highlights: Friedman says, over 10 years, Sanders’ economic plan would result in the following:

  • median income would increase $22,000
  • 26 million jobs would be created.
  • Unemployment rate would be 3.8 percent
  • poverty rate would be cut in half

Friedman also said he would like to get former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s complete economic plan to study and those of the Republican candidates as well, although the GOP plans seem more limited to tax plans, he said.

[Friedman spoke to’s Roger Wood earlier this week, just after an appearance on CNN on Monday.]

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