Crotty Hall Celebration Conference

"UMass Political Economy at Crotty Hall: Ushering in the New,
Remembering the Old"

April 28 - 29, 2017

Crotty Hall - Gordon Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst

April 28
8:00                Breakfast
Gordon Hall Atrium
8:30 - 10:00 Introductions and Plenary 1
Gordon Hall 3rd floor Conference Room

Welcoming Remarks
Michael Ash and Bob Pollin

Celebrating UMass Economics' New Home: Crotty Hall
Chair:  Jerry Epstein
Lawrance Evans, Ilene Grabel, Don Katzner

10:00 - 10:30      Coffee Break
Gordon Hall Atrium
10:30 - 12:30 Concurrent Sessions 1
  Session 1 - 1 Gordon Hall 303
Contribution of UMass Research to Reducing Gender, Race, and Sexual Orientation Inequality in America 

Lee Badgett
​​Employment Discrimination Against LGBT People in China: The Role of Gender Nonconformity

Ina Ganguli
Gender Differences in Professional Career Dynamics: New Evidence from a Global Law Firm

Christina Fong
An Experiment in Hiring Discrimination via Online Social Networks 

Randy Albelda
New Research on Paid Family Leave

Lisa Saunders

Susan Feiner

  Session 1 - 2 Crotty Hall 309
Third World Caucus and the Glory Years at the Edge of Camelot  (OPEN DISCUSSION)

Curtis Haynes
Third World Caucus and the Glory Years at the Edge of Camelot

Jessica Gordon Nembhard

  Session 1 - 3 Crotty Hall 114
Analytical Political Economy I

Chair:  Naoki Yoshihara

Daniele Girardi, Riccardo Pariboni
The Effect of Autonomous Demand on the Investment Share: Empirical Evidence and Macroeconomic Implications

Peter Skott, Leopoldo Gomez-Ramirez
Credit Constraints and Economic Growth in a Dual Economy 

Leila Davis, Joao DeSouza, Gonzalo Hernandez
An Empirical Analysis of Minsky Regimes in the U.S. Economy

  Session 1 - 4 Crotty Hall 209
Politics and Economics after Sanders

Gerald Friedman
What Sanders did and did not do: Policy and politics in America's revived social democracy

Stephanie Kelton

​Josh Mason

Mark Paul
Time to be Bold: An Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century

Hendrik Van der Berg
Guaranteed Basic Income vs Employment of Last Resort

  Session 1 - 5 Gordon Hall 113
Development and Development Policy

Habib Hasan
China Pakistan Economic Corridor

Ahmet Tonak, Yakup Karabacak
The Net Social Wage in Turkey: 1990-2015

David Barkin
The Political Economy of Fighting Against Poverty: A Vision from the Forgotten Peasants

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
Gordon Hall Atrium
1:30 - 3:30 Concurrent Sessions 2
  Session 2 - 1  Gordon Hall 303
Public Engagement

Gerald Friedman
Lee Badgett
​Randy Albelda
Maeve Powlick
Zoe Sherman

  Session 2 - 2 Crotty Hall 309
Resist and Build: The Need for a Solidarity Economy in These Times

Emily Kawano
​Jessica Gordon Nembhard
Curtis Haynes  

  Session 2 - 3 Gordon Hall 113
European Crisis

Chair: Ozgur Orhangazi

Nina Eichacker
Learning All the Wrong Lessons? The Political-Economy Response to Europe's Ongoing Crises

Harry Konstantinidis
Food Insecurity in a Time of Austerity: The Case of Greece since 2009  

Gary Dymski
​Trilemma Forcefields in the Eurozone Crisis: Neoliberal Mechanism Designs at the Breaking Point

JW Mason
The euro: institutional failure or catastrophic success?

  Session 2 - 4 Crotty Hall 209
Environment and Development

Chair: James Boyce

Alfredo Rosete
Green vs. Brown: The Cash Cropper's Dilemma ​

Brandon Taylor
Benefits from Pairing Industrial Policy with Energy Transformation in the United States

An Li
The Distribution of Environmental Harms in China

Rohini Kamal
The Rise of China-led Development Finance: What it Means for the Environment, Climate Change, and Developing Borrower Countries

3:30 - 4:00  Break
Gordon Hall Atrium

4:00 - 5:30








Plenary 2 Gordon Hall 3rd floor Conference Room
Progressive Economics in the Age of Trump

Chair: Jerry Friedman

Nancy Folbre
Divided But Not Conquered: Political Intersections and Coalitions in the Age of Trump

Will Milberg, Dean, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research
Gary Dymski, Leeds University
Jessica Gordon Nembhard, John Jay College Of Criminal Justice


6:30 pm


Cocktail Party and Dinner
Lord Jeffrey Inn

Off-the-cuff remarks by Jim Crotty

April 29
8:00 Breakfast
Gordon Hall Atrium

8:30 - 10:30

Plenary 3 Gordon Hall 3rd floor Conference Room
​Varieties of Political Economy at UMass


Chair: Vamsi Vakulabharanam

David Kotz
​George De Martino
Ozgur Orhangazi
Jim Rebitzer
Smriti Rao

10:30 - 11:00

Coffee Break
Gordon Hall Atrium

11:00 - 1:00 Concurrent Sessions 3
  Session 3 - 1 Crotty Hall 309
The Political Economy of International Economics

Chair: William Milberg

Gerald Epstein
The Surprising Persistence of the Role of the Dollar: Can It Outlive Trumpism?

Ilene Grabel
Financial Crisis, Financial Control

Jane D'Arista
Building Toward Crisis in the Global Economy -- Again

Laurence Krause
Why Do Gold Standards Fail?: The 'Marx Moment'


  Session 3 - 2 Crotty Hall 114
The Political Economy of African Development
  Leonce Ndikumana
Mwangi wa Githinji
​James Heintz
​Lynda Pickbourn
  Session 3 - 3 Gordon Hall 113
Historical Perspectives on States and Labor

Chair: Michael Hillard

Gerald Friedman
American Exceptionalism and the Crisis of Orthodox Marxism

Eric Hoyt
The Impact of the Adoption of Wrongful Discharge Laws on Union Density: 1983-2013

Richard McIntyre
The French and American New Deals (and their demises)

Mark Stelzner
Peonage and the Labor: How Changes in Labor Laws Increased Inequality during the Gilded Age

  Session 3 - 4 Gordon Hall 303
The State of Heterodox Macroeconomics

Chair: Tom Michl

JW Mason
Michalis Nikiforos
Robert Pollin
Peter Skott

  Session 3 - 5 Crotty Hall 209
Research in Racial Inequality in the U.S.

Owen Thompson-Ferguson
Fertility Decline in the Civil Rights Era

Mark Paul
The Color of Wealth: Evidence from Washington DC and Miami

Dania Francis
Gatekeepers: Evidence of Gender and Race Bias in School Counselor Recommendations for Advanced Coursework

1:00 - 2:00 Lunch
Gordon Hall Atrium
2:00 - 4:00 Concurrent Sessions 4
  Session 4 - 1 Gordon Hall 303
Progressive Economic Policy in the Age of Trumpism

Chair: Jane D'Arista

Gerald Epstein
Trumponomics: Should We Just Say No?

David Kotz
​​Politics, Economic Policy, Class Connections of the Trump Administration

Robert Pollin

George DeMartino

Doug Cliggott
Inequality in the U.S. and Implications for Policy​

  Session 4 - 2 Crotty Hall 209
Teaching and Building Heterodox Economics

Chair:  Ozgur Orhangazi

​Geert Dhont
Armagan Gezici
Harry Konstantinidis
Leila Davis
​Amit Basole

  Session 4 - 3 Crotty Hall 309
Post-Keynesian Macroeconomics

Tai Young-Taft
Expectational Portfolio Demand Shifts in a Keynesian Model of Monetary Growth Fluctuations

Greg Hanngsen
​​Exogenous vs Endogenous High Powered Money in Keynesian Monetary Growth Models

Cameron Haas
Predator-Prey Asset Dynamics and Quantitative Easing in a Stock-Flow Consistent Framework

  Session 4 - 4 Crotty Hall 114
Teaching Marxian Economics
  Marcelo Milan
Steve Cohn
Steve Cullenberg
Fred Moseley
  Session 4 - 5 Gordon Hall 113
Analytical Political Economy II

Chair: Peter Skott

Kuochih Huang, Weikai Chen
How Fitness Becomes Conspicuous: A Veblenian Explanation of the Obesity-Socioeconomic Status Paradox

Naoki Yoshihara
Three Alternative Approaches to Theories of Factor Income Distribution

Peter Matthews
Expressive Voting Bias, or How I Learnt Everything I know about Experimental Economics from Umass(ers)

4:00 - 4:30 Break
Gordon Hall Atrium

4:30 - 5:30






Closing Plenary Session 4 Gordon Hall 3rd floor Conference Room

UMass Economics and PERI: Looking Ahead

Chair: Carol Heim

Leonce Ndikumana
Jim Boyce
Ina Ganguli
Mwangi wa Githinji


5:30 - 6:30 Closing Reception
Gordon Hall Atrium