Category Archives: UMass Economics

A fact-checking column in The New York Times looks at the various claims made by political candidates about the overall costs and benefits of Medicare for All.

A fact-checking column in The New York Times looks at the various claims made by political candidates about the overall costs and benefits of Medicare for All. The story notes that Gerald C. Friedman, economics, has estimated that a single-payer system would cost about $24 trillion. (New York Times, 11/9/19)

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says Australia could implement a Green New Deal program for about $45 billion per year, or around 2.5% of GDP for the next 10 years.

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says Australia could implement a Green New Deal program for about $45 billion per year, or around 2.5% of GDP for the next 10 years. (Jacobin magazine, 11/4/19)

Arindrajit Dube, economics, says his review of a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the United Kingdom shows that there is room to explore an increase of up to two-thirds of the median wage

Arindrajit Dube, economics, says his review of a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the United Kingdom shows that there is room to explore an increase of up to two-thirds of the median wage. Dube has studied the effect of minimum wage increase in the U.S. and has written extensively about his research. (One America News Network [from Reuters], 11/4/19)

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says it is possible to fund a Medicare for All program using a combination of a new sales tax, taxes on businesses earning more than $1 million and a tax on wealthy individuals.

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says it is possible to fund a Medicare for All program using a combination of a new sales tax, taxes on businesses earning more than $1 million and a tax on wealthy individuals. In addition, funds from other federal healthcare programs that would become redundant would be added to the total. He says such a program should be very popular with the public. (Washington Examiner, 10/30/19)

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says it is possible to fund a Medicare for All program using a combination of a new sales tax, taxes on businesses earning more than $1 million and a tax on wealthy individuals.

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says it is possible to fund a Medicare for All program using a combination of a new sales tax, taxes on businesses earning more than $1 million and a tax on wealthy individuals. In addition, funds from other federal healthcare programs that would become redundant would be added to the total. He says such a program should be very popular with the public. (Washington Examiner, 10/30/19)

Daniel Ellsberg, a Distinguished Researcher at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers in 1969, spoke on campus last night, Oct. 28, along with Gar Alperovitz, Janaki Natarajan and Patricia Marx Ellsberg. The group talked about their roles in leaking documents related to the Vietnam War.

Daniel Ellsberg, a Distinguished Researcher at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library and the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers in 1969, spoke on campus last night, Oct. 28, along with Gar Alperovitz, Janaki Natarajan and Patricia Marx Ellsberg. The group talked about their roles in leaking documents related to the Vietnam War. UMass Amherst has recently acquired Ellsberg’s papers. (Daily Hampshire Gazette,10/28/19; Greenfield Recorder, 10/29/19)

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics and public policy, is the lead author of a new study that finds 21.6% of LGBT people in the U.S. experience poverty compared to 15.7% of cisgender straight people.

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics and public policy, is the lead author of a new study that finds 21.6% of LGBT people in the U.S. experience poverty compared to 15.7% of cisgender straight people. Badgett, who conducted the study for the Williams Institute at UCLA, where she is a distinguished scholar, says, “Our study shows that all subpopulations of LGBT people fare the same or worse than cisgender straight people.” (Windy City Times,10/22/19)

Atlantic article “My husband paid me to do housework” quotes Nancy Folbre

A column written by a woman who was paid by her husband to do housework and suggests the government might pay women for doing housework, quotes Nancy Folbre, professor emerita of economics. Folbre says she does not favor a public sector wage and says government money could be better spent on policies like paid family leave or tax subsidies for child care that honor and reward such work, as well as on policies that encourage men to increase their responsibilities at home. (The Atlantic, 9/25/19)

Research findings by Dania Francis, economics and Afro-American studies, that between $3.7 and $6.6 billion has been lost from dispossession of black-owned agricultural land in the South.

There is continued coverage of research findings by Dania Francis, economics and Afro-American studies, that between $3.7 and $6.6 billion has been lost from dispossession of black-owned agricultural land in the South. (Esquire, 8/14/19)