UMass Economics in the News

New York Times cites study co-authored by Arin Dube in news story analyzing how subcontracting and outsourcing jobs has large impact on service workers
By: sgilroy - 23 min 35 sec ago

A news story analyzing how subcontracting and outsourcing jobs has had a large impact on service workers and their pay cites a study co-authored by Arindrajit Dube, economics, in 2008 that found there was a 7 percent wage penalty for janitors and up to a 24 percent penalty for security guards whose jobs were outsourced. (New York Times, 2/28/17)

Gerald A. Epstein argues that Trump and his advisors are using the power of racist, nativist and xenophobic ideologies to accomplish their own political goals
By: sgilroy - February 28, 2017

Gerald A. Epstein, economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about how political and economic progressives should respond to the administration of Donald Trump. Epstein argues that Trump and his advisors are using the power of racist, nativist and xenophobic ideologies to accomplish their own political goals. (Salon, 2/26/17)

Bloomberg reviews Fidan Kurtulus’s book “How Did Employee Ownership Firms Weather the Last Two Recessions?”
By: sgilroy - February 28, 2017

The book “How Did Employee Ownership Firms Weather the Last Two Recessions?” co-authored by Fidan Ana Kurtulus, economics, and Douglas Kruse, is reviewed. They conclude that employee ownership is associated with higher productivity and that employee-owned companies tend to value the long-term connections to their workers, believing they will pay off over time. (Bloomberg, 2/23/17)

Mark Paul, UMass Econ PhD grad, cites research by Robert Pollin indicating that investing in green energy creates three times as many jobs as investing in fossil fuels
By: sgilroy - February 22, 2017

See article by Mark Paul in Huffington Post blog “The Dakota Access Pipeline Doesn’t Make Economic Sense.”

Gerald A. Epstein interviewed on how economists and politicians on the left should be dealing with the Donald Trump administration and Republican Congress
By: sgilroy - February 22, 2017

Gerald A. Epstein, economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about how economists and politicians on the left should be dealing with the Donald Trump administration and the Republican Congress. He says progressives should respond to the new political landscape with a new approach and not act as if this is business as usual. (Dollars & Sense, 2/15/17)