UMass Economics in the News

M.V. Lee Badgett, economics and public policy, says the decline in the number of same-sex marriages in New Hampshire, Vermont and to a lesser degree in Massachusetts, may be due to an easing of pent-up demand now that federal law allows it and people don’t have to come to New England states to get legally married. She says, however, that is something of a guess because same-sex marriage hasn’t been around long enough to reveal long-term trends. (Concord Monitor [N.H.], 2/9/19)

Research conducted by Arindrajit Dube, economics, shows that raising the minimum wage significantly reduced the number of families living in poverty. In a 2018 paper, Dube concluded that a $12 per hour minimum wage in 2017 would have lifted 6.2 million people out of poverty. (Vox, 2/8/19)