Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

Pollin, Wicks-Lim & Garrett-Peltier: PERI on Green Economics

In a recent study published by PERI, UMass Economics Professor Robert Pollin, Jeannette Wicks-Lim (UMass Ph.D., 2005) and Heidi Garrett-Peltier (UMass Ph.D. student) outline the greatest challenge now facing the United States: transitioning from a fossil fuel driven economy to a cleaner, greener economy.

Green Prosperity: How Clean-Energy Policies Can Fight Poverty and Raise Living Standards in the United States

The United States today faces a formidable generation-long challenge: to transform the economy from being driven primarily by fossil fuel sources of energy, which are the major cause of global climate change, to becoming an economy that can function effectively through renewable energy sources and by achieving high levels of energy efficiency.

The project of building a clean-energy economy will become a powerful engine of expanding employment opportunities throughout the U.S. economy. According to a study that PERI recently completed with the Center for American Progress, clean-energy investments at the level of about $150 billion per year—i.e. around one percent of U.S. GDP—can generate about 1.7 million net new jobs throughout the U.S. economy.

Read more on this study.

Lee Badgett awarded $78,723 by the Albatross Fund

CPPA Director and Professor of Economics Lee Badgett was recently named a recipient for an Albatross Fund Award of $78,723 for a feasibility assessment of a Community-University Research and Outreach Center.

Econ Prof M.V. Lee Badgett

Econ Prof M.V. Lee Badgett

UMass Amherst Research Access – October Grants & Contracts Snapshot
Each month ACCESS includes a selection of grants and contracts awarded to faculty from across campus to provide a sense of what’s going on in research at UMass Amherst. These listings reflect only a small fraction of the total sponsored activity for any given month. Since this is just a snapshot in time and grant/contract terms vary, actual award totals may be higher than the amounts listed.

M. Lee Badgett
Economics
Sponsor: Albatross Fund
Title: Community-University Research and Outreach Center – Feasibility Assessment
Total Award: $78,723