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Arpita Biswas

Arpita Biswas is a Ph.D. student in the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her thesis research focuses on the causes and consequences of urban renewal measures, with special focus on cities of the global South. At PERI, she is working with Professor James K. Boyce on projects related to the development of environmentally and politically sustainable climate policy strategies.

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Ray Caraher

Ray Caraher is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a research assistant for Professor Robert Pollin. He has worked on a number of projects with PERI related to labor unions and similar issues. He is interested in macroeconomics, finance, and international political economy.

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Debamanyu Das

Debamanyu Das is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works with Professor Jayati Ghosh on projects related to climate mitigation and impact of digitalization on informal labor in the Global South. His general research interests are in international finance, sustainability, development, and macroeconomics.

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Bridget Diana

Bridget Diana is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she is working with Professor Michael Ash on projects related to the political economy of health, education, and the environment. Bridget is interested in the fields of industrial organization and the political economy of health and the environment.

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Emily Diaz-Loar

Emily Diaz-Loar is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she works with Robert Pollin, Gregor Semieniuk, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim on projects related to the implementation of a Green New Deal in the U.S. Her research interests are in the fields of political economy of the environment and ecological economics.

 

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Mateo Hoyos

Mateo Hoyos is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works with Professor Jayati Ghosh on projects related to alternative measures of well-being to GDP and world income distribution. His general research interests are in international trade, economic growth and development, industrial and trade policies, and technological innovation and diffusion.

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Caitlin Kline

Caitlin Kline is a Ph.D. student in the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she works with Professor Robert Pollin on issues related to decarbonization and regional transitions. Caitlin's primary areas of interest are in political ecology, the political economy of disasters, and maritime economies. 


Chirag Lala

Chirag Lala is a Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works with Professor Robert Pollin, Gregor Semieniuk, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim to prepare "Green Growth Programs" for U.S. states. These reports detail policy frameworks for states to dramatically cut GHG emissions through investment in renewable power generation and energy efficiency measures while also providing a "just transition" support to workers in fossil fuel industries. Chirag's research interests are in finance, economic history, and political economy with particular emphasis on building state capacity for long-term public investment programs. 

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Anamary Maqueira Linares 

Anamary is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she works with Professor Katherine Moos on theoretical issues related to feminism and the state, in particular with regards to global south countries and non-capitalist economies. Anamary is currently working on a project that uses a social reproduction theory lens to understand social reproduction processes in Cuba and develop an analytical model. Her research interests are in the fields of feminist economics, political economy, labor economics, and distributional issues in global south contexts.

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Shih-Yen Pan

Shih-Yen Pan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works with Professor Lawrence King on projects related to the political economy of health. He is interested in the political economy of health and the history of public health.

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Ricardo Salas Díaz

Ricardo is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He works with professor Gerald Epstein on projects related to the Banco de la República (Colombia's Central Bank) history. His research interests are in central banking functions, elite reproduction, and measuring quality in higher education

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