Economics Professor Awarded Distinction by Board of Trustees

Léonce Ndikumana, Distinguished Professor of EconomicsLéonce Ndikumana, economics; Barbara A. Osborne, veterinary and animal science; and Sankaran ‘Thai’ Thayumanavan, chemistry; were appointed Distinguished Professors following approval by the Board of Trustees at its Friday, Aug. 2 meeting.


Institute for New Economic Thinking Interviews James Boyce, Emeritus Professor, on Lowering Carbon Emissions [Q&A]

James K. Boyce, emeritus professor of economicsEvery day it becomes clearer that we have to break our addiction to extracting dirty stuff from the ground to burn for energy. But how to pull it off without triggering political and economic chaos?

Economist James K. Boyce, a senior fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the author of a new book exploring that question, The Case for Carbon Dividends.

Keynes versus the Keynesians

Crotty Hall, Economics DepartmentWhat drives economic growth and stagnation? What types of methodologies and tools do we need to accurately explain economic epochs in the past and present? What models and policy approaches can lead to prosperity for all? These questions occupied the mind of John Maynard Keynes from World War One until his death in 1946.

Vamsi Vakulabharanam co-authors op-ed in The Wire on India's Latest Election

What Did India Really Vote For?: Did the BJP/NDA secure a mandate to refashion India along the lines of Hindu-majoritarian nationalism? The answer has to be negative given the evidence.

The recently concluded election produced a puzzling outcome. During the tenure of the National Democratic Alliance government (NDA-II), the Indian economy significantly under-performed, heightening the distress of millions of farmers, raising unemployment and increasing the insecurity of workers in the informal sector. Read more...

Distinguished Professor Robert N. Pollin Comments in Vice

The Radical Plan to Save the Planet: The degrowth movement wants to intentionally shrink the economy to address climate change, and create lives with less stuff, less work, and better well-being. But is it a utopian fantasy?

In 1972, a team at MIT published The Limits to Growth, a report that predicted what would happen to human civilization as the economy and population continued to grow. What their computer simulation found was pretty straightforward: On a planet of finite resources, infinite exponential growth isn’t possible. Eventually, non-renewable resources, like oil, would run out. Read more...

UMass Magazine Spotlights Professor Léonce Ndikumana in "From Africa, For Africa"


The economic ransacking of Sub-Saharan Africa by foreign nations and viciously corrupt internal forces began centuries ago and goes on unabated. Global economic structural factors, abetted by complicit domestic policies, ensure a relentless outflow of capital from African nations and make it difficult for them to raise development financing. Read more....

Massachusetts Undergraduate Journal of Economics (MUJE) invites submissions

The Massachusetts Undergraduate Journal of Economics (MUJE) seeks your outstanding writing on economics. We welcome submissions on economic topics from undergraduate students in all majors at the Five Colleges and at all institutions of public higher education in the Commonwealth. You may submit new work or previously submitted coursework. 

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