The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Governance and Society

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  • Informed Decision Making

    Center director propels UMass Amherst to forefront of data science

    What do health management, energy conservation, and online education have in common? They are all complex issues that benefit from data-informed decision-making, and they are all being brought to the... More

  • Can Government Do Anything Right?

    Policy expert puts rapidly shifting global parameters in perspective

    Imagine trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube while the squares are constantly changing color. That’s what it’s like to wrestle with issues of policy making and governance, according to Alasdair Roberts,... More

  • The Science of Fair Pay

    Economist uses data to shape minimum wage policies that work

    Working at McDonalds in high school for minimum wage, Arindrajit "Arin" Dube knew he had a path forward to college and a professional career. That wasn’t the case for most of his co-workers... More

  • Fighting for LGBT Rights

    Groundbreaking economist measures the cost of discrimination

    When economist M.V. Lee Badgett published her 1995 study on the wage gap faced by gay men and lesbians, there was nothing like it in the field. In fact, conventional wisdom held just the opposite.