Ria Mazumdar is a junior majoring in quantitative economics and international relations. Ria can be reached at Ria.Mazumdar@tufts.edu.

Peripheries: Read My Lips — New Taxes

An op-ed published in the Daily last week argued that support for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 70 percent marginal tax rate is a result of populist inclinations rather than rigorous academic reasoning. Referencing epistemology in its title, the article argued that there is no clear consensus supporting this policy, and that a field-wide expert agreement is required before […]

Peripheries: The not-so-worldly bank

The World Bank’s mission includes the laudable aims of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared global prosperity. Yet no international institution, despite the rhetoric of being globally representative, is insulated from geopolitics. Both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were founded as part of the post-World War II Bretton Woods system, which explicitly […]

Peripheries: Nationalism, a problem for right and left

In 1899, when India was still under British rule, Bengali Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote:         “Keep watch, India         Let your crown be of humility, your freedom the freedom of the soul         Build God’s throne daily upon the ample bareness of your poverty   […]

Op-Ed: Pursuing economics: A call for active engagement

A recent article discussed the scarcity of women in the economics department and the comparatively good female faculty representation at Tufts. The article stated that the conceptual demands of the discipline cause significant attrition. Although the presence of female faculty is undoubtedly a strength of the department, this characterization fails to advocate for what is […]

Op-Ed: In defense of critical economics

In “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few” (2015) Robert Reich writes that the concept of a “‘free market’ separate and distinct from government has functioned as a useful cover for those who do not want the market mechanism fully exposed … the mythology is useful precisely because it hides their power.” A September 2017 […]