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Michael Ash

Michael Ash
Professor & Chair
1006 Thompson Hall
(413) 545-4815
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Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
A.B, Economics, Princeton University, 1991

professional experience

Professor of Economics and Public Policy, UMass-Amherst, 2011-
Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, UMass-Amherst, 2005-2011
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy, UMass-Amherst, 1999-2005
Princeton Project 55 Fellow, Trenton Office of Policy Studies, Trenton, NJ 1991-1992
Staff Labor Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, 1995-1996.

research interests

Environment, Health, Health Disparities, Labor

honors & awards

Wayne F. Placek Award, American Psychological Foundation (2002)


2011 Collaborative Research on the Correlates and Consequences of Risks from Airborne Toxics: Dynamic Spatial Analysis." National Science Foundation (Two-year project, total budget $338,548; UMass budget $90,370). Principal Investigator Paul Mohai, University of Michigan; Ash is a Co-PI.

2010 Economic Impact of Spending on Public Higher Education in Massachusetts." Ash is Principal Investigator on research grant from the Massachusetts Society of Professors. $15,000.

2010 An assessment methodology for differential impact on environmental justice populations of releases of industrial toxics to water in Massachusetts." Ash is Principal Investigator on U.S. Geological Survey's Water Resources Annual Institute Program for Fiscal Year 2010. $5,000.

2007 Hospital Unions, Staffing, Wages, and Patient Safety," Principal Investigator Joanne Spetz, UCSF, National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01. Ash is a sub-contractor with a three-year budget of $144,256.

Selected publications

2011 Joanne Spetz, Michael Ash, Charalampos Konstantinidis, and Carolina Herrera. "The effect of unions on the distribution of wages of hospital-employed registered nurses in the United States." Journal of Clinical Nursing Jan;20(1-2):60-7.

2010 Michael Ash and James Boyce. "Measuring Corporate Environmental Justice Performance." Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management 238

2008. Sanjiv Gupta and Michael Ash. "Whose Money, Whose Time? A Nonparametric Approach to Modeling Time Spent on Housework in the United States.'' Feminist Economics.

2007. Michael Ash and M. V. Lee Badgett. "Separate and Unequal: The Effect of Unequal Access to Employment-Based Health Insurance on Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples.'' Contemporary Economic Policy.

2006. Michael Ash and Sylvia Brandt. "Disparities in Asthma Hospitalization in Massachusetts,'' American Journal of Public Health.

2004. Michael Ash and Jean Ann Seago, "The Effect of Registered Nurses' Unions on Heart Attack Mortality?'' Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

2004. Michael Ash and T. Robert Fetter. "Who Lives on the Wrong Side of the Environmental Tracks? Evidence from the EPA's Risk Screening Environmental Indicators Model,'' Social Science Quarterly.

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