Category Archives: UMass Economics

Robert Pollin, economics, is quoted in an interest Bloomberg article about financing opportunities/options for a green new deal.

Economics Robert Pollin is quoted in an interest Bloomberg article about financing opportunities/options for a green new deal. Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal. Investing in the environment is already a $12 trillion market. Now markets are just looking for guidance from Congress. (Bloomberg  2/14/19).

Ina Ganguli, economics, is interviewed on the local public affairs television show Connecting Point about a new study on how women network and land leadership roles.

Ina Ganguli, economics, is interviewed on the local public affairs television show Connecting Point about a new study on how women network and land leadership roles. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that women used both a wide network of personal contacts, and in addition, they depended on a close inner circle of other women who could offer support and gender-specific job advice. (WGBY-TV 57, 2/11/19)

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics and public policy, says the decline in the number of same-sex marriages in New Hampshire, Vermont and to a lesser degree in Massachusetts, may be due to an easing of pent-up demand.

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics and public policy, says the decline in the number of same-sex marriages in New Hampshire, Vermont and to a lesser degree in Massachusetts, may be due to an easing of pent-up demand now that federal law allows it and people don’t have to come to New England states to get legally married. She says, however, that is something of a guess because same-sex marriage hasn’t been around long enough to reveal long-term trends. (Concord Monitor [N.H.], 2/9/19)

Research conducted by Arindrajit Dube, economics, shows that raising the minimum wage significantly reduced the number of families living in poverty.

Research conducted by Arindrajit Dube, economics, shows that raising the minimum wage significantly reduced the number of families living in poverty. In a 2018 paper, Dube concluded that a $12 per hour minimum wage in 2017 would have lifted 6.2 million people out of poverty. (Vox, 2/8/19)

A column that clams Amazon, currently the most valuable company in the U.S., “is the best argument against capitalism,” quotes Richard Wolff, professor emeritus of economics.

A column that clams Amazon, currently the most valuable company in the U.S., “is the best argument against capitalism,” quotes Richard Wolff, professor emeritus of economics, who says hundreds of thousands of Amazon employees are not paid their fair share of the company’s profits. (Pacific Standard, 2/7/19)

In an opinion column, Gerald Friedman, economics, argues that in a recent column, Richard Fein failed to consult relevant documentation to answer his questions about the costs of Medicare-for-all.

In an opinion column, Gerald Friedman, economics, argues that in a recent column, Richard Fein failed to consult relevant documentation to answer his questions about the costs of Medicare-for-all. Friedman says that Fein also failed to address the central issue, which is not whether the nation can afford a better and cheaper healthcare system but whether it can continue to pay for the current inefficient system. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 2/4/19)

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)