Economics major hopes to take venture to market through Innovation Challenge win

Economics major Ethan Lazar ‘19, and fellow student Matthew Kaplan, are competing in the 'Innovation Challenge' to launch their business. The team were awarded $2,000 of equity free-funding, and the opportunity to continue to the next round of the competition, bringing them one step closer to the $65,000 grand prize. 

Unfair Global Tax System Makes Sustainable Development Impossible

Leonce Ndikumana is interviewed about how the global tax system allows capital to flow from developing countries into global tax havens. He says globalized corporations take advantage of the patchwork of taxation policies that leads to loss of revenue for poorer countries where natural resources are mined or collected.

UMass Economics in the News

A news story notes that legislation to establish a single-payer health care plan is under consideration in Ohio and the financial underpinning of the bill is a report done by Gerald C. Friedman, economics. Friedman recently provided testimony to Ohio lawmakers when he appeared before the House Insurance Committee. (The Press, 12/10/18)

Employees who file sexual harassment complaints often face harsh outcomes, with 65 percent losing their jobs within a year, and 68 percent reporting some form of retaliation by their employer, according to new research from the UMass Amherst Center for Employment Equity. In their report, “Employer’s Responses to Sexual Harassment,” co-authors Carly McCann, Donald Tomaskovic-Devey and M.V. Lee Badgett analyzed over 46,000 harassment claims sent to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state Fair Employment Practices Agencies from 2012-16. These cases represent only a small amount (0.2 percent) of the estimated 25.6 million experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace that occurred over this same five-year window. (Wall Street Journal, Business West, 12/13/18; News Office release)