Associate professor of economics
Low-wage labor markets and the minimum wage, Fiscal policy and local multipliers, Health care reform and employer mandates, Political economy of conflict, Immigration and occupational change, Impact of unionization
Arindrajit Dube’s research focuses on labor economics, health economics, public finance, and political economy, particularly based around minimum wage policies, fiscal policy, income inequality, health reform and the economics of conflict.
In March 2013, Dube testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) during the committee’s hearing on Keeping up with a Changing Economy: Indexing the Minimum Wage.
Dube’s 2010 study showing that increasing the minimum wage has no negative impact on employment served as the basis for President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union call to raise the federal minimum wage, after which Dube has frequently been quoted in print and broadcast media on the topic.
Prior to joining UMass, Dube held a research economist position at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at University of California, Berkeley. He is also currently a research fellow at IZA, a private, non-profit, independent research institute, which conducts nationally and internationally oriented labor market research.