Deepankar Basu pens article “What Lies Behind India’s Falling Infant Mortality Rate?” on Livemint.com

Deepankar Basu writes:
India’s inability to improve health outcomes significantly despite rapid growth has been one of the country’s major failings. But evidence from the latest round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) suggests that this may be changing. The infant mortality rate (IMR), an important summary measure of a country’s health, saw a marked improvement over the past decade, declining from 57 per 1,000 live births in 2005-06 to 41 per 1,000 live births in 2015-16.  Read more….

Arin Dube writes column in New York Times where he says recent study of the impact of raising the minimum wage in Seattle on the loss of jobs may not be accurate

Arindrajit Dube, economics, writes a column in The New York Times where he says a recent study of the impact of raising the minimum wage in Seattle from $11 per hour to $13 per hour on the loss of jobs that occurred may not be accurate. Dube says the results of the survey may be due to the difference between the economy in Seattle, with its technology boom and rapidly rising wages, and the rest of the state that has neither of those factors. In a related news story, Dube says more research is needed to determine whether the minimum wage increase in Seattle is set at the right level to protect jobs and raise incomes for low-wage workers. (Willamette Week [Ore.], 7/23/17; San Francisco Chronicle, 7/21/17; New York Times, 7/20/17)

Gerald C. Friedman’s 2013 report for the Physicians for a National Health Program that calls for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans is cited by a columnist arguing against the current Republican health care bill

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, the author of a 2013 report for the Physicians for a National Health Program that calls for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans that would generate huge savings in health care costs, is cited by a columnist arguing against the current Republican health care bill before the U.S. House. (Idaho Statesman, 3/21/17)

Robert N. Pollin is interviewed about how proposed cuts to the federal budget suggested by the Trump administration will have a negative impact on efforts to deal with climate change

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in Economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about how proposed cuts to the federal budget suggested by the administration of President Donald J. Trump will have a negative impact on efforts to deal with climate change. Pollin also says the proposed budget cuts will harm most of the non-defense parts of the federal government. (The Real News Network, 3/22/17)

UMass Amherst Economics Department formally opens Crotty Hall, first net-zero building on campus, at ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 22

The UMass Amherst department of economics formally opened Crotty Hall at a ceremony on March 22. The 16,800-square-foot academic building houses 35 offices and four conference rooms. Designed by architect Sigrid Miller Pollin of the architecture department and built with a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor, the building is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes and is the first net-zero building on campus. (Energy Manager Today, 3/24/17; News Office release)

Gerald C. Friedman says that while it is unclear whether the Republican health care bill will pass the U.S. House, it is clear that it’s intended to shift costs for the Medicaid program that benefits the poor

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, says while it is unclear whether the Republican health care reform bill will pass the U.S. House, it is clear that it is intended to shift costs for the Medicaid program that benefits the poor. (WWLP-TV 22, 3/23/17)

 

James K. Boyce co-authors an op-ed arguing that the Republican health care bill before Congress will shorten the lives of people who lose their health insurance

James K. Boyce, economics and the Political Economy Research Institute, is co-author of an op-ed that argues that the Republican health care bill before Congress will not only shift income to wealthy people, it will also shorten the lives of people who lose their health insurance. (Dollars & Sense, March 2017)

Forbes economic columnist writing about negative impact of rise in UK’s national living wage notes Arin Dube’s argument that minimum wage should be set at 50 percent of median wage in any market area

An economic columnist writing about the negative impact a rise in the national living wage in the U.K. is having notes that Arindrajit Dube, economics, argues that a minimum wage should be set at 50 percent of the median wage in any market area. The national living wage in the U.K. is 60 percent of the median wage. (Forbes, 3/20/17)