Dr. Manuel Pastor to deliver the Economics Department's Annual Samuel Bowles Lecture Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Gordon Hall, 4:00 pm

Dr. Manuel Pastor will deliver the Annual Samuel Bowles Lecture at 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 4, at 303 Gordon Hall (418 N. Pleasant St.). The title of Dr. Pastor's talk is Equity, Growth, and Community: Progressive Economics, Metro Strategies, and Social Movements in Uncertain Times and the following is a brief description of the talk:  "While national politics have been headed in a decidedly problematic direction, a series of experiments in mobilization and policy-making have been taking root at the local level. Occurring at the confluence of new economic thinking and new social movements, these efforts have tried to address inequality in ways that are consistent with promoting broad economic prosperity. Professor Pastor reviews the emerging evidence on the relationship between equity and economic growth, situates this in the changing demographics of metropolitan America, and suggests how all the emerging activism at the state and metro level could bubble up to transform national discourse and policy."

UMass Economics in the News

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)

Robert N. Pollin is interviewed about how proposed cuts to the federal budget suggested by the Trump administration will have a negative impact on efforts to deal with climate change
By: sgilroy - March 24, 2017

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in Economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about how proposed cuts to the federal budget suggested by the administration of President Donald J. Trump will have a negative impact on efforts to deal with climate change. Pollin also says the proposed budget cuts will harm most of the non-defense parts of the federal government. (The Real News Network, 3/22/17)

UMass Amherst Economics Department formally opens Crotty Hall, first net-zero building on campus, at ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 22
By: sgilroy - March 24, 2017

The UMass Amherst department of economics formally opened Crotty Hall at a ceremony on March 22. The 16,800-square-foot academic building houses 35 offices and four conference rooms. Designed by architect Sigrid Miller Pollin of the architecture department and built with a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor, the building is designed to produce as much energy as it consumes and is the first net-zero building on campus. (Energy Manager Today, 3/24/17; News Office release)

Gerald C. Friedman says that while it is unclear whether the Republican health care bill will pass the U.S. House, it is clear that it’s intended to shift costs for the Medicaid program that benefits the poor
By: sgilroy - March 24, 2017

Gerald C. Friedman, economics, says while it is unclear whether the Republican health care reform bill will pass the U.S. House, it is clear that it is intended to shift costs for the Medicaid program that benefits the poor. (WWLP-TV 22, 3/23/17)

 

James K. Boyce co-authors an op-ed arguing that the Republican health care bill before Congress will shorten the lives of people who lose their health insurance
By: sgilroy - March 24, 2017

James K. Boyce, economics and the Political Economy Research Institute, is co-author of an op-ed that argues that the Republican health care bill before Congress will not only shift income to wealthy people, it will also shorten the lives of people who lose their health insurance. (Dollars & Sense, March 2017)