UMass Economics in the News

Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says a single payer health insurance system for California would be about 18 percent less expensive than the current system and could be paid for with 2.3 percent tax increases in sales taxes and business. (Los Angeles Times

Shouvik Chakraborty, Political Economy Research Institute, is interviewed about while the Indian capital of Delhi has become the city with the most polluted air in the world and what the government there can do about it. He says the dirty air is caused by a combination of burning fossil fuels for transportation and power added to some lesser pollution from burning crops in agricultural areas near the city. Chakraborty says the Indian government needs to spend more on developing clean energy and to move away from reliance on fossil fuels. (The Real News Network, 12/26/17)