Paul Zarembka


Paul Zarembka.

Paul Zarembka


Paul Zarembka


Research Interests

Marxist theory; U.S. labor history; Economic development


Paul Zarembka earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was at the University of California, Berkeley, before arriving in Buffalo.  His initial research and teaching were in the development theory and in econometrics.   Influenced by re-thinking the basis of the economic theory he had been taught, along with two and half years of research at the International Labor Office in Geneva, he came to realize that a class-based approach to economics, rather than an individualistic one, is basic and arrived at the conclusion that Marx offered the foundation for a understanding that needed to be built upon.  Consistent with this reconsideration, since 1977 he has edited Research in Political Economy, a hardback annual currently published by Emerald. He has published numerous articles and made many conference presentations in many countries, and has reached a culmination in his new book, Key Elements of Social Theory Revolutionized by Marx

His prior books include Toward a Theory of Economic Development, Frontiers in Econometrics (as editor), and The Hidden History of 9-11 (as editor).  He has also been a long-term activist in his academic union, United University Professions, and is current its campus Grievance Officer for Academics.  He enjoys classical music and foreign travel and has had academic leaves at the Universities of Heidelberg and Goettingen, with a group for research on science in Strasbourg, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Poznan.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1967
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, 1967
  • BS, Purdue University, 1964

Series Editor

Research in Political Economy, Emerald (annual hardback volumes, 1977-present)

Selected Publications

Selected Books

  • Key Elements of Social Theory Revolutionized by Marx, Brill, just published (link with detailed table of contents)
  • (editor) Class History and Class Practices in the Periphery of Capitalism, Emerald Group, 2019
  • (editor) The Hidden History of 9-11-2001, JAI/Elsevier Science, 2006; paperback 2nd edition, Seven Stories Press, 2008
  • (co-editor, with M. Brown and K. Sato), Essays in Modern Capital Theory, North-Holland, 1976
  • (editor) Frontiers in Econometrics, Academic Press, 1974
  • Toward A Theory Of Economic Development, Holden-Day, 1972

Selected Articles and Chapters

  • “Late Marx and the Conception of ‘Accumulation of Capital’ ”, Confronting Capital in the 21st Century: Lessons from Marx’s Capital, M. Silver, ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp. 46-65
  • "Value: Marx’s Evolution and Luxemburg’s Legacy", Rosa Luxemburg: A Permanent Challenge for Political Economy, J. Dellheim and F. O. Wolf, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 55-91
  • "Materialized Composition of Capital and its Stability in the United States: Findings Stimulated by Paitaridis and Tsoulfidis (2012)", Review of Radical Political Economy, Vol. 47, No. 1, Winter 2015, pp. 106-111
  • "Marxist Political Economy without Hegel: Contrasting Marx and Luxemburg with Plekhanov and Lenin", The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg, Oskar Lange and Michał Kalecki, Volume 1 of Essays in Honour of Tadeusz Kowalik, R. Bellofiore, E. Karwowski and J. Toporowski, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp. 58-77
  • “Evidence of Insider Trading before September 11th Re-examined”, The 9/11 Toronto Report: International Hearings on the Events of September 11, 2001, J. Gourley, ed., International Center for 9/11 Studies, 2012, pp. 129-149
  • (with David MacGregor) "Marxism, Conspiracy, and 9-11", Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 24, No. 2, July 2010, pp. 18-42
  • “Primitive Accumulation in Marxism, Historical or Trans-historical Separation from Means of Production”, Subverting the Present, Imagining the Future: Class, Struggle, Commons, W. Bonefeld, ed. Autonomedia, 2008, pp. 67-75
  • “Lenin as Economist of Production: A Ricardian Step Backwards”, Science & Society, Vol. 67, No. 3, Fall 2003, pp. 276-302
  • “Rosa Luxemburg’s Accumulation of Capital: Critics try to bury the Message”, Bringing Capitalism Back for Critique by Social TheoryCurrent Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 21, J. Lehmann, ed., JAI/Elsevier, 2002, pp. 3-45
  • “Transformation of Variables in Econometrics”, The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics, 1987, reprinted in The New Palgrave: Econometrics, J. Eatwell, M. Milgate, and P. Newman, eds., MacMillian, 1990, pp. 261-64
  • “Capital Heterogeneity, Aggregation, and the Two-Sector Model”, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 89, No. 1, February 1975, pp. 103-11
  • “Marketable Surplus and Growth in the Dual Economy”, Journal of Economic Theory, Vol. 2, No. 2, June 1970, pp. 107-121
  • “On the Empirical Relevance of the CES Production Function,” Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 52, No. 1, June 1970, pp. 47-53

Other Contributions and Distinctions

  • Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, Academy of Economics, Poznan, Poland (1979)
  • Who’s Who is America, various editions
  • Who’s Who in Economics, various editions
  • Who’s Who in Finance & Business, various editions
  • Who’s Who in American Education, various editions
  • Who’s Who in the World, various editions