Michael Ash

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Michael Ash
Economics/School of Public Policy


105 Crotty Hall


(413) 545-6329

Professor Ash is also affiliated with the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), where he collaborates on the Corporate Toxics Information Project and uses EPA data to track the exposure of communities to pollution hazards (findings from which recently appeared in his co-authored Justice in the Air). A grant from the National Institutes of Health supported his research on the relationship between hospital labor unions, wages, and patient safety. Other recent publications include his co-authored article in Feminist Economics, “Whose Money, Whose Time? A Nonparametric Approach to Modeling Time Spent on Housework the United States.” Professor Ash was a 2007 Fulbright Fellow in Budapest, Hungary, and served previously as a staff labor economist for the Council of Economic Advisors.

Research interests: 

labor; environmental justice & policy; healthcare workers; health

Courses taught: 

PubPA 605: Microeconomics for Public Policy and Administration; PubPA 608: Statistics for Public Policy and Administration; PubPA 697A: Political Economy of Public Policy


Economic austerity policy; environmental justice and policy; healthcare workers; health disparities