Arindrajit Dube, associate professor of economics, has been elected a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) program on Labor Studies. Considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the economic effects of minimum wage policies, Dube was named a 2017-18 UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar in recognition of his work.
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As part of the program, Dube will disseminate his research by presenting papers at program meetings, and also by submitting work to the NBER Working Paper Series. These working papers are broadly distributed to universities, policy-makers, and members of the press.
Research Associates like Dube are considered the backbone of the NBER and largely influence the “direction and tone of research within each program.”
Léonce Ndikumana, chair of the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst called it a “well-deserved nomination”, saying “this is an excellent opportunity for both Arin and the economics department at UMass Amherst given NBER’s national and worldwide status in the profession as a think tank and network.”