Paul Zarembka


Paul Zarembka.

Paul Zarembka


Paul Zarembka


Research Interests

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

Contact Information

443 Fronczak Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-1520

Phone: (716) 645-8686


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. 

His books include Toward a Theory of Economic Development, Frontiers in Econometrics (as editor), and The Hidden History of 9-11 (as editor).  He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Limitations of Marx’s Revolution in Political Economy.  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

Selected Publications

  • “On the Empirical Relevance of the CES Production Function,” Review of Economics and Statistics(1970)
  • Toward A Theory Of Economic Development, Holden-Day (1972)
  • (editor) Frontiers in Econometrics, Academic Press (1974)
  • “Capital Heterogeneity, Aggregation, and the Two-Sector Model”, Quarterly Journal of Economics (1975)
  • “Transformation of Variables in Econometrics”, The New Palgrave: A Dictionary of Economics (1987)
  • Poland--The Deepening Crisis in Summer 1992," Monthly Review, January 1993, Vol. 44:8
  • “Rosa Luxemburg’s Accumulation of Capital: Critics try to bury the Message”, Bringing Capitalism Back for Critique by Social TheoryCurrent Perspectives in Social Theory (2002)
  • “Lenin as Economist of Production: A Ricardian Step Backwards”, Science & Society (2003)
  • (editor) The Hidden History of 9-11-2001, JAI/Elsevier Science (2006); paperback 2nd. edition, Seven Stories Press (2008)
  • "Marxism, Conspiracy, and 9-11", Socialism and Democracy, Vol. 24, No. 2, July 2010, pp. 18-42 (with David MacGregor)
  • "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, Riccardo Bellofiore, Ewa Karwowski and Jan Toporowski, editors, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke,Hampshire, England, 2014, pp. 58-77.
  • "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
  • "Value: Marx’s Evolution and Luxemburg’s Legacy", Rosa Luxemburg: A Permanent Challenge for Political Economy, Judith Dellheim and Frieder Otto Wolf, eds., Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, 2016, pp. 55-91

Other Contributions and Distinctions

  • Co-Editor (with M. Brown and K. Sato), Essays in Modern Capital Theory, North-Holland (1976)
  • Series Editor, Research in Political Economy, JAI/Elsevier Press (1977-present)
  • 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