[CANCELED] Economist and Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to Give 2020 Gamble Memorial Lecture

Yanis Varoufakis, former minister of finance of GreeceEconomist Yanis Varoufakis, former minister of finance of Greece and author of the 2017 book “Adults in the Room,” will deliver the annual Philip Gamble Memorial Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Thursday, April 2, at 6:00 pm in the Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Due to heightened concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the university's restrictions on large events, this event has been canceled.

UMass Economics in the News

Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), comments on a $1 trillion infrastructure plan with a focus on sustainability proposed by presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Pollin says Buttigieg’s plan is “going in the right direction,” but “a lot hinges on where you come up with the money.” He says Sen. Elizabeth Warren “does a much more serious job of going underneath the surface than he does.” (South Bend Tribune, 1/14/20)

A news story about calls by the mayors of London and New York for cities to divest their pension funds from fossil fuel producers notes that a 2018 report co-authored by Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor in economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says the divestment movement has not substantially impacted fossil fuel share prices or reduced carbon emissions. (Reuters, 1/8/20)