New Economic Inquiry Study Finds Marijuana Access Leads to Reductions in Opioid-related Deaths

A new study led by Nathan Chan, assistant professor of resource economics, finds that access to marijuana reduces opioid-related deaths. 

The study examined how the changing legal status of marijuana has impacted mortality in the United States over the past two decades. Investigators found that legalization and access to recreational marijuana reduced annual opioid mortality in the range of 20% to 35%, with particularly pronounced effects for synthetic opioids (e.g., fentanyl).

Nathan Chan awarded 2018-19 Mutual Mentoring Micro Grant

Nathan Chan, assistant professor of resource economics, has been awarded a 2018-19 Mutual Mentoring Micro Grant from the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development (TEFD).

Micro Grants are intended to encourage early-career faculty to identify desirable areas for professional growth, and to develop the necessary mentoring relationships to make such opportunities possible. Each grant provides up to $1,500 for one year to individual pre-tenure faculty.


Spotlight: Young Alumni in Business Panel

Michael Brown '15 and Kyle Ostrander '15, both resource economics majors, are featured on this 'Young Alumni in Business' panel where they talked about their careers in business and how a non-business major helped them get there. 

SBS Pathways presents a professional development workshop series with Matt Nagler

SBS will be holding a three-part student-friendly professional development series for undergraduate students in the spring semester. The series will teach students the best ways to stand out and highlight their strengths, common pitfalls to avoid, and the key traits and qualifications employers wish more entry-level professionals would bring to the workplace. Matt Nagler '99, Managing Partner at BANKW Staffing, will be leading the workshops. Learn more and register today!

Course Profile: ‘Consumer in Our Society’ examines the critical role of consumers in the American economy

Photo: Sheila Mammen/Credit: Ebru Kardan

As the name suggests, ‘The Consumer in Our Society’ explores how consumers function and operate in the American economy. This general education course in the Department of Resource Economics is taught by Sheila Mammen, and delves into the role that consumers play, the impact of advertising, consumer rights and responsibilities, and more.

Julie Caswell Named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Julie A. Caswell, Professor of Resource Economics and SBS Associate Dean for Education & Student Development, has been named Distinguished Professor by the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. With a joint PhD in agricultural economics and economics, Dr. Caswell joined the UMass community in 1984 as Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and has since received many accolades. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, has been named UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar, awarded the Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity Award, named Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer (2009), was the recipient of the Chancellor's Medal, and named a CFNR Outstanding Teacher.