Recently Retired Faculty Member John Stifler Shares His Appreciations of Western Mass While Hiking the Appalachian Trail

John Stifler taught much-lauded writing courses in the Economics Department for many years.  He shared his reflections on Western Mass as he hiked the Appalachian Trail in the following Daily Hampshire Gazette articles:

Columnist John Stifler: Appreciating western Mass while hiking the AT (By John Stifler, Daily Hampshire Gazette, 8/01/17)

UMass Economics in the News

The work of Deepankar Basu, Kartik Misra and Debashi Das cited in article “Farmer suicides in India: myths versus realities” by Roshan Kishore
By: sgilroy - August 1, 2017

Deepankar Basu’s work on farmer suicides in india with Debarshi Das and Kartik Misra (current PhD student), has been cited in the Indian press.
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Deepankar Basu pens article “What Lies Behind India’s Falling Infant Mortality Rate?” on Livemint.com
By: sgilroy - August 1, 2017

Deepankar Basu writes:
India’s inability to improve health outcomes significantly despite rapid growth has been one of the country’s major failings. But evidence from the latest round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) suggests that this may be changing. The infant mortality rate (IMR), an important summary measure of a country’s health, saw a marked improvement over the past decade, declining from 57 per 1,000 live births in 2005-06 to 41 per 1,000 live births in 2015-16.  Read more….

Arin Dube writes column in New York Times where he says recent study of the impact of raising the minimum wage in Seattle on the loss of jobs may not be accurate
By: sgilroy - July 25, 2017

Arindrajit Dube, economics, writes a column in The New York Times where he says a recent study of the impact of raising the minimum wage in Seattle from $11 per hour to $13 per hour on the loss of jobs that occurred may not be accurate. Dube says the results of the survey may be due to the difference between the economy in Seattle, with its technology boom and rapidly rising wages, and the rest of the state that has neither of those factors. In a related news story, Dube says more research is needed to determine whether the minimum wage increase in Seattle is set at the right level to protect jobs and raise incomes for low-wage workers. (Willamette Week [Ore.], 7/23/17; San Francisco Chronicle, 7/21/17; New York Times, 7/20/17)

James K. Boyce article “America Last” published on Institute for New Economic Thinking
By: sgilroy - June 14, 2017

James Boyce discusses how Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord sets the U.S. economy back.  Read more….

Gerald C. Friedman’s 2013 report for the Physicians for a National Health Program that calls for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans is cited by a columnist arguing against the current Republican health care bill
By: sgilroy - March 24, 2017

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, the author of a 2013 report for the Physicians for a National Health Program that calls for an expansion of Medicare to cover all Americans that would generate huge savings in health care costs, is cited by a columnist arguing against the current Republican health care bill before the U.S. House. (Idaho Statesman, 3/21/17)