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Arindrajit Dube - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Arindrajit Dube Arindrajit Dube

Professor of Economics | University of Massachusetts Amherst


Arin Dube’s research focuses on labor economics, fiscal policy, minimum wage policies, income inequality and the economics of conflict.


Expertise (9)

Unemployment Benefits

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Public Finance

Labor Economics

Fiscal Policy

Minimum Wage Policies

Income Inequality

Labor Unions



Arindrajit Dube is one of the world's leading scholars on the minimum wage and its effect on employment. His 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.

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, he has been a much sought-after commentator on the effects of mass layoffs and varying unemployment benfits on workers , enmployment and the economy.

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How Voluntarily Raising the Minimum Wage Affects Retailers Here are the pros and cons of a $15 per hour federal minimum wage Chris Hayes Podcast With Arindrajit Dube | Why Is This Happening? Ep- 153 | MSNBC


Education (3)

University of Chicago,: Ph.D., Economics

Stanford University: M.A., Development Policy Studies

Stanford University: B.A., Economics

Media Coverage (8)

There's one hopeful sign for the Fed on inflation. Really.

Politico  online


In an article discussing hopeful signs for the Federal Reserve amid rising inflation, Professor Arin Dube says wages now seem to be rising at a reasonable rate that isn’t problematic from an inflation perspective. “But if wage growth slows down a little and inflation stays high, that’s not good for workers,” he says. “Threading the needle is what we’d like to see happen.”

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Cutoff of Jobless Benefits Is Found to Get Few Back to Work

The New York Times  online


This is one article from national coverage of a new report by UMass Amherst Professor Arindrajit Dube finding that states that ended extended federal pandemic unemployment benefits have witnessed little effect in employment, but have suffered sharp cuts in spending, potentially hurting their economies. “The idea was that there were lots of jobs — it was just that people weren’t looking. That was the narrative,” said Dube. “I don’t think that story holds up.”

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Social Security pays the same no matter where you live. Unemployment should, too

The Boston Globe  print


"University of Massachusetts Amherst labor economist Arindrajit Dube last month released a plan laying out how to do just that. His policy paper, published by the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution, argued that taking control of unemployment insurance from the states is the best way for the federal government to tackle the system’s thorniest problems, including stingy jobless pay, overly strict eligibility rules, and the lack of “triggers” that effectively link benefits to economic conditions."

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Why It’s Hard to Hire Right Now

The New York Times  print


Arindrajit Dube comments in an article about his research showing the relationship between changing unemployment benefits and levels of employment.

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When Amazon Raises Its Minimum Wage, Local Companies Follow Suit

The New York Times  print


“In a very simple supply-and-demand, competitive market, firms are just paying the market wage,” said Arindrajit Dube, a University of Massachusetts economist who has studied the minimum wage. In reality, he said, wages “are shaped by market forces but also by norms, pressure as well as policies.” Dr. Dube said that in the 1980s, the spread of Walmart and other national retailers helped push down wages, as they displaced smaller, often unionized local chains. Now big national retailers seem to be helping to push wages up.

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Here are the pros and cons of a $15 per hour federal minimum wage

CNBC  tv


Arindrajit Dube, economics professor at UMass Amherst and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, joined "Squawk Box" on Tuesday to discuss the pros and cons of raising the federal minimum wage

Arindrajit Dube on CNBC

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Some employers to laid-off staffers: Let’s stay in touch

Associated Press (AP)  print


Labor economist Arindrajit Dube says comments in an article about layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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About That Hazard Pay

NPR  radio


In a discussion on “Planet Money,” Arindrajit Dube, economics, says the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic present a troubling situation for many low wage essential workers.

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Publications (4)

A Plan to Reform the Unemployment Insurance System in the United States

The Hamilton Project

Arindrajit Dube


Arindrajit Dube's plan proposes remedies for current problems facing the unemployment insurance program in the United States and argues that these remedies are best achieved through converting the unemployment insurance system to a fully federal program.

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Impacts of Minimum Wages: Review of the International Evidence

United Kingdom Government

Arindrajit Dube


The government of the United Kingdom asked Professor Arindrajit Dube to consider international evidence on the impacts of minimum wages and the implications for UK policy.

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Making the Case for a Higher Minimum Wage

Milken Institute Review

Arindrajit Dube


When President Franklin D. Roosevelt first proposed a federal minimum wage in 1937, he declared that America should be able to provide its working men and women “a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” Congress went along,

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Wage boards can mitigate market failures on inequality

The Hill

Arindrajit Dube


During the past 40 years, the United States has seen a tremendous rise in income inequality. While globalization and technological change likely played a role, labor market institutions have been important contributors to these trends — especially the decline of unions.

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