At the Department of Resource Economics, we tackle complex questions about how to use our environmental, natural and human resources. By researching important societal problems and gathering and analyzing data, we offer policy solutions that move the needle on today’s most pressing issues. Our undergraduate and graduate programs focus on industrial organization, environmental economics, and natural resource economics. And our award-winning faculty produces groundbreaking research that impacts how we approach our world.
The UMass ADVANCE team is delighted to announce the seven faculty who are the inaugural winners of their College’s Faculty Mentoring Award for 2020, including Angela De Oliveira, Associate Professor of Resource Economics and Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow. Their mentoring ensures that faculty members excel in their careers, and it helps develop a more inclusive environment at the university.
“Despite its importance,” points out Joya Misra, PI of the UMass ADVANCE grant, “faculty mentoring is often invisible or seen as a labor of love.”
As COVID-19 continues its spread and shelter-in-place orders keep people at home throughout the United States, the pandemic's effect on pollution has been one of the few silver linings in a bad situation. While initial reports of dolphins swimming in Venice's canals may not have been accurate, it's true that virus-related shutdowns are cleaning up air pollution around the globe, with satellite imagery showing drops in certain pollutants of up to 40% in some areas.
Now, there's evidence that the air may be getting cleaner not just in cities, but in nature as well.
Ezgi Cengiz (left) received the Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award for being a model teaching assistant. Manuel Estay Montecinos (center) and Felipe Quezada Escalona (right) were awarded the Carolyn Harper Fund and Fellowship for scholarly achievement and exemplifying concern for social and environmental issues, and racial and gender justice.
Two SBS students Aarat Satyavolu, Resource Economics, and Teja Kadewari, Economics were part of the winning team at the recently held ILS Case Competition Inclusive Leadership Summit (ILS) The competition, hosted by the Isenberg School of Management on October 30, challenged participants to demonstrate best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. >>More
A new study led by Nathan Chan finds that access to marijuana reduces opioid-related deaths.
The study examined how the changing legal status of marijuana has impacted mortality in the United States over the past two decades. Investigators found that legalization and access to recreational marijuana reduced annual opioid mortality in the range of 20% to 35%, with particularly pronounced effects for synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl).
For more information contact Christine Crago, 413-545-5738.
Who wants to be a politician? Running for office in West Bengal village councils
Friday February 28, 2020
10:30-12:00 | 303 Stockbridge Hall
Ananish Chaudhuri, The University of Auckland
Dr. Chaudhuri's primary research area is experimental economics with an emphasis on the role of trust, reciprocity and altruism as well as the role of social norms in economic interactions.