Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, Delivers Gamble Memorial Lecture Thursday, October 20 at 5pm in the Campus Center Auditorium

Amartya Sen has been appointed professor of economics in India and at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard.  His Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 recognized “his contributions to welfare economics."  Sen has reshaped views about the economic fundamentals: what are human goals; and how do individuals and communities achieve them?  Sen’s concept of capabilities places the ultimate question of human freedom at the very core of economic development.  No economist in more than a century has had a greater impact on how we define and measure human welfare, with enormous transformative impact on how development is imagined and achieved.   Sen’s work, especially his radical reconception of the political economy of famine, has had particular relevance for society’s poorest members during periods of extreme deprivation.

Sen’s 2016 Gamble Lecture, “What's the Use of Human Rights?” asks whether human rights can close the gap between the concept of capabilities and their operationalization through policy and collective action.   Are human rights enough for social justice?

UMass Economics in the News

Gerald Epstein and Juan Montecino’s research featured in Huffington Post article “Over $100,000: How Much Big Finance Rips You Off”
By: sgilroy - July 26, 2016

From the Huffington Post article by Lynn Parramore (7/26/16): 
America’s financial system is broken for all but a few at the top — that much is plain. The rest sense that we are stuck on the minus end of some great financial formula, but given the complexity and size of Big Finance, it’s hard to pin down exactly why it happens and how it all adds up.  Read more……

Leonce Ndikumana is lead author of new report on the impact of misinvoicing commodity exports from the developing world
By: sgilroy - July 19, 2016

Leonce Ndikumana, who is lead author of a new report on the impact of misinvoicing commodity exports from the developing world, especially from Africa, says the problem shouldn’t be seen as administrative mistakes. Instead, he says people in the commodities industry are manipulating the system. Read more: Financial Times article – Leonce Ndikumana

 

Professor David Kotz pens article “A Tough Time for Conventional Wisdom” on CommonDreams.org
By: sgilroy - July 13, 2016

Brexit, Bernie, Trump and many more protest and resistance movements show us that conventional wisdom isn’t always so wise in our current moment. That makes this moment an opportunity to address the deep inequalities of our global economic system, writes Prof. David Kotz.  Read more…..

A new report out of the Roosevelt Institute by Professor Jerry Epstein and Ph.D. student Juan Montecino looks at the role of finance in the U.S. economy
By: sgilroy - July 13, 2016

Professor Jerry Epstein and Ph.D. student Juan Montecino have just published a remarkable report on the role of finance in the U.S. economy.  A summary and link to the full report are at http://rooseveltinstitute.org/overcharged-high-cost-high-finance/

 

In the latest issue of Global Environmental Change, professor James K. Boyce joins Chinese researchers to analyze how air quality co-benefits could be incorporated into the design of the cap-and-trade system being introduced in Beijing and nearby regions
By: sgilroy - July 13, 2016

Reducing use of fossil fuels can not only helps to protect future generations from the threat of climate change but also to protect the present generation from the health costs of dirty air. In the latest issue of Global Environmental Change, professor James K. Boyce joins with Chinese researchers to analyze how air quality co-benefits could be incorporated into the design of the cap-and-trade system being introduced in Beijing and nearby regions.  Read more…..