Monthly Archives: January 2019

An article on U.S. presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s support of a Medicare-for-all system mentions a recent study by UMass Amherst’s Public Economy and Research Institute.

An article on U.S. presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s support of a Medicare-for-all system mentions a recent study by UMass Amherst’s Public Economy and Research Institute that found Medicare-for-all could lower health care costs for middle-income families. (FOXBusiness, 1/29/19)

Heidi Peltier, assistant research professor at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), discusses her research showing that money spent on education, health, infrastructure and sustainable energy creates more jobs than money spent on the military and homeland security.

Heidi Peltier, assistant research professor at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), discusses her research showing that money spent on education, health, infrastructure and sustainable energy creates more jobs than money spent on the military and homeland security. (WORT radio (Madison, Wis., 1/23/19)

Reporting on a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation that finds support for a Medicare-for-all plan drops when people are told that such a system could result in delays getting health care and in higher taxes, cites research from UMass Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute (PERI).

Reporting on a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation that finds support for a Medicare-for-all plan drops when people are told that such a system could result in delays getting health care and in higher taxes, cites research from UMass Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) that Medicare-for-all would cost the government about $1.1 trillion in its first year, far less than the $25-35 trillion over 10 years cited in other studies. (Associated Press, 1/123/19)

Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) says a “Green New Deal” has the potential to create millions of new jobs.

Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), says a “Green New Deal” that shifts the United States from fossil fuels to clean energy has the potential to create millions of new jobs for people with all levels of education. (Earther, 1/21/19)

A column advocating a permanent tax credit for employees such as firefighters, nurses, law enforcement personnel, teachers and active-duty military who make less than $100,000 a year quotes Gerald C. Friedman, economics.

A column advocating a permanent tax credit for employees such as firefighters, nurses, law enforcement personnel, teachers and active-duty military who make less than $100,000 a year quotes Gerald C. Friedman, economics, who says that such a credit might cause employers in other industries to raise wages to keep workers from leaving for jobs that offer the tax credit. (Washington Post, 1/15/19)

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is the lead author of a report saying that implementing a “Medicare for All” single-payer health care system could reduce the nation’s health care costs by nearly 10 percent and provide medical coverage for everyone.

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is the lead author of a report saying that implementing a “Medicare for All” single-payer health care system could reduce the nation’s health care costs by nearly 10 percent and provide medical coverage for everyone. The proposal calls for eliminating private insurance companies and getting savings from reducing redundant administrative expenses. The co-authors of the report are PERI researchers James Heintz, Peter Arno, Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Michael Ash. (Recorder, 1/11/19)

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about Medicare for All.

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about Medicare for All and what he says the program would cost compared to the projected cost of the current health care system. Pollin argues that Medicare for All would provide health care for all Americans, at lower cost and without out-of-pocket expenses. (Jacobin magazine, 12/26/18)

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, says although Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez self-identify as democratic socialists, their views are neither radical nor outside the traditions of the Democratic Party, despite statements of outrage from conservative commentators.

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, says although Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez self-identify as democratic socialists, their views are neither radical nor outside the traditions of the Democratic Party, despite statements of outrage from conservative commentators. He says, for example, “[Sanders] is a left-liberal Democrat, a New Dealer and a social democrat. If you look at his platform in 2016, basically what he wanted was to go back and review the New Deal and complete it. It’s really on the right edge of anything people should call socialism,” Friedman says. (The Globe Post, 1/3/19)

Today’s NY Times features an op-ed piece by UMass economics PhD alum Sue Holmberg.

Leonce Ndikumana, economics and the Political Economy Research Institute, comments in a story about how Zambia is losing billions of dollars because of theft, embezzlement and underreporting of income.

Leonce Ndikumana, economics and the Political Economy Research Institute, comments in a story about how Zambia is losing billions of dollars because of theft, embezzlement and underreporting of income. He says this capital flight hampers the government’s efforts at developing the country and also says these factors boost the nation’s debt. (Lusaka Times, 1/2/18)