Fifth Annual Cole Lecture in Contemporary Issues
The New Localism: The Economics of Cooperative Enterprise
Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and CPE staff economist
Amherst Room, UMass Campus Center, 10th floor
Thursday, October 25, 2012
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Free and open to all
Reception to follow
You’ve seen the trends: “buy local” campaigns in support of small businesses, promotion of worker-owned enterprises and consumer cooperatives, and mutual aid systems such as “time banks.” All of these community actions are dedicated to developing local economies, generating more stable employment, and building social capital. But how successful have such endeavors been? And what are their political and economic implications? Come hear about recent research on these topics, with a focus on examples emerging right here in the Pioneer Valley, with support from UMass Amherst.
Nancy Folbre, a MacArthur “genius” award recipient, is Professor of Economics at UMass Amherst, CPE staff economists, and a regular contributor to the New York Times Economix blog. She is part of the UMass Cooperative Economies Collaborative, a group of faculty, students, and community members that has developed a Certificate Program in Applied Economic Research on Cooperative Enterprises. Her most recent book, an edited volume published by the Russell Sage Foundation this fall, is entitled For Love and Money: Care Provision in the U.S.