UMass Economics in the News

Mark Paul opinion piece “A Job for Everyone” in U.S. News & World Report
By: econnews - October 11, 2016

Read Mark Paul’s opinion piece in U.S. News & World Report:  A Job for Everyone: A federal job guarantee is a good All-American policy

Mark Paul and Anastasia Wilson co-author “Profiting Off Debt” in Jacobin magazine
By: econnews - October 11, 2016

Mark Paul and Anastasia Wilson discuss how federal student loans facilitate a pernicious profit motive in higher education.  Read more……

Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Peter Arno of PERI are interviewed about their new report “Overlooked But Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Children Out of Poverty”
By: econnews - October 7, 2016

Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Peter S. Arno, Political Economy Research Institute, are interviewed about their new report, “Overlooked But Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Children Out of Poverty.” They say there are about 6.4 million children under age 18 who benefit from Social Security or about 9 percent of children in the U.S. They also say there would be a dramatic rise in poverty rates for children if those benefits were removed. (The Real News Network, 9/12/16)

M.V. Lee Badgett says new findings that show married male same-sex couples earn on average $52K more than married lesbian couples, and $63K more than married straight couples, is due to the gender pay gap
By: econnews - October 7, 2016

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics and public policy and administration, says new findings that show married male same-sex couples earn an average of $176,000, $52,000 more than married lesbian couples and $63,000 more than married straight couples, is due to the gender pay gap. Badgett says in heterosexual couples, the pay gap affects only one partner, while in same-sex couples it has an impact on both people. She also says the higher earnings for lesbian couples is likely due to the fact that most same-sex couples live on the coasts or in urban areas of the country. (New York Times, 9/12/16)

Vamsi Vakulabharanam discusses strike by an estimated 150-180 million workers in India to protest government’s efforts to “open” India to global trade and roll back labor rights
By: econnews - October 7, 2016

Vamsi Vakulabharanam, economics, discusses a strike by an estimated 150 million to 180 million workers in India to protest the government’s efforts to “open” India to global trade and roll back labor rights. (Dissent, 9/16/16)