Vamsi Vakulabharanam co-authors op-ed in The Wire on India's Latest Election

What Did India Really Vote For?: Did the BJP/NDA secure a mandate to refashion India along the lines of Hindu-majoritarian nationalism? The answer has to be negative given the evidence.

The recently concluded election produced a puzzling outcome. During the tenure of the National Democratic Alliance government (NDA-II), the Indian economy significantly under-performed, heightening the distress of millions of farmers, raising unemployment and increasing the insecurity of workers in the informal sector. Read more...

Distinguished Professor Robert N. Pollin Comments in Vice

The Radical Plan to Save the Planet: The degrowth movement wants to intentionally shrink the economy to address climate change, and create lives with less stuff, less work, and better well-being. But is it a utopian fantasy?

In 1972, a team at MIT published The Limits to Growth, a report that predicted what would happen to human civilization as the economy and population continued to grow. What their computer simulation found was pretty straightforward: On a planet of finite resources, infinite exponential growth isn’t possible. Eventually, non-renewable resources, like oil, would run out. Read more...

UMass Magazine Spotlights Professor Léonce Ndikumana in "From Africa, For Africa"


The economic ransacking of Sub-Saharan Africa by foreign nations and viciously corrupt internal forces began centuries ago and goes on unabated. Global economic structural factors, abetted by complicit domestic policies, ensure a relentless outflow of capital from African nations and make it difficult for them to raise development financing. Read more....

Massachusetts Undergraduate Journal of Economics (MUJE) invites submissions

The Massachusetts Undergraduate Journal of Economics (MUJE) seeks your outstanding writing on economics. We welcome submissions on economic topics from undergraduate students in all majors at the Five Colleges and at all institutions of public higher education in the Commonwealth. You may submit new work or previously submitted coursework. 

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Ina Ganguli interviewed on Connecting Point about new study on how women network and land leadership roles

Faculty member Ina Ganguli was interviewed on the local public affairs television show Connecting Point about a new study on how women network and land leadership roles. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that women used both a wide network of personal contacts, and in addition, they depended on a close inner circle of other women who could offer support and gender-specific job advice.

Carly McCann discusses on Connecting Point research on employer retaliation against those who report sexual harassment in the workplace

A new report by UMass Amherst’s Center for Employment Equity presents research findings that nearly two-thirds of employees who report workplace sexual harassment face retaliation from their employers. Co-authors Carly McCann, a doctoral student in economics, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, professor of sociology, discussed their findings in a segment of the nightly news program Connecting Point.

Book Launch: Shadow Networks: Financial Disorder & the System that Cause Crisis

Mythreyi Krishnan

Shadow Networks Book Cover Join Professor Michael Ash in celebrating the publication of a new book by him & Francisco Louçã—Shadow Networks: Financial Disorder & the System that Cause Crisis. Ash & Louçã challenge pervading narratives of the financial crisis to argue that economic collapse is ingrained in the shadow networks of finance.

Event Details: Thursday, February 14, at 5 pm at Amherst Books (8 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002

PhD alumna Susan Holmberg writes about co-determination in NYT opinion

"Renewing America’s experiment with co-determination would help workers feel valued, and that is a necessary starting point for change."

Susan Holmberg, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and UMass Amherst Economics PhD alumna writes in The New York Times about the long history of co-determination in America and why it should be embraced.

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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.