Department of Economics
Dube appointed by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer to Review Evidence on the Impacts of Minimum Wage
Arindrajit Dube, professor of economics, has been appointed by the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond to undertake a review of the international evidence on the impacts of minimum wages. Hammond made the announcement as part of his 2019 Spring Statement to Parliament on March 13.
Heim to Speak in Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
Professor Carol Heim will speak as part of the UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, an honor that includes the awarding of a Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed on UMass Amherst faculty.
Heim will deliver her talk, “Who Pays, Who Benefits, Who Decides? Property Developers and the Political Economy of Urban Growth,” on Wednesday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall, Old Chapel. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Amit Bhaduri presents the 4th Annual Samuel Bowles Lecture “Financial Growth and Collapse: a Suggestive Model”
Please join the Economics Department for the 4th Annual Samuel Bowles Lecture to be presented by Amit Bhaduri on Thursday, March 21. The lecture will begin at 4pm in the 3rd Floor Conference Room in Gordon Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
UMass Economics in the News
People often look at the gender pay gap in simplistic terms, says Nancy Folbre, professor emerita of economics. She says they apply incomplete explanations, like placing blame all on employers for discriminating against women, or assuming that all women have different priorities than men. (CNBC, 4/2/19)
Nancy Folbre, Professor Emerita of Economics, was among eight economists interviewed by CNBC for U.S. Equal Pay Day (Women had to work through April 2, 2019, an additional three months, to equal men’s 2018 average annual earnings.) Other economists interviewed included Claudia Goldin (Harvard University), Heidi Hartmann (President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research), and Gary Burtless (Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution).