Amal Ahmed

Amal is a PhD student in Economics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her work at PERI with Professor Robert Pollin focuses on corporate finance, specifically the flow of funds in the US nonfinancial corporate sector. She also has researched corporate finance in developing countries and is interested in the theme of economic development as it applies globally.


Brian Callaci

Brian Callaci is a doctoral candidate in economics at UMass. At PERI, he works on policies to support fossil fuel workers and communities under transition to a green economy. His dissertation research focuses on modes of subcontracting in the US economy and their consequences for contractor firms, workers, and communities. Prior to graduate school, Brian worked for eight years as a researcher at various labor unions, including Workers United and the Change to Win Strategic Organizing Center.

Download CV

Brian Callaci

Amanda Page

Amanda Page-Hoongrajok is a PhD graduate student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she works on various macro-finance topics in the broad areas of monetary policy and systemic crises.  Her published work has focused on corporate governance and municipal debt. She is currently studying the cost of paid sick days and exploring the labor participation rate decline in the US. She is also interested in the solidarity economy and economic intersections with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Download CV


Karmen Naidoo

Karmen Naidoo is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she works with Professor Leonce Ndikumana on better understanding capital flight from selected African economies, with a particular focus on the linkages with governance issues. Karmen is interested in development economics, labour markets, and growth and distribution in developing countries.

Download CV

karmen naidoo

Devika Dutt

Devika Dutt is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work at PERI focuses on exploring alternative ways of organizing financial markets and financial market reform. She studies publicly-oriented financial institutions and their effect on the economy and the financial system as a whole. She is also interested in growth outcomes and monetary policy, especially in developing countries.

Download CV


Didier Wayoro

Didier Wayoro is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cocody (Côte d’Ivoire) and a master's degree in economics from the Inter-University Graduate Programme in Economics (DEA/PTCI). He was a lecturer of economics for five years in vocational schools and private Universities in Côte d'Ivoire before completing a master's degree in sustainable international development at Brandeis University (USA) as a Fulbright Fellow.  He also worked as a French translator at Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. His research interests include development microeconomics, multidimensional poverty, civil conflicts, and aging and income security.

Download CV



This is an official web page
of the University of Massachusetts.

Political Economy Research Institute

Gordon Hall, 418 N. Pleasant St., Suite A

Amherst, MA 01002
Tel: 413-545-6355 Fax: 413-577-0261