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Lloyd J. Dumas
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1. Introduction

Lloyd Jeff Dumas (born May 18, 1945) is a Professor of Political Economy, Economics, and Public Policy in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.

He is an expert in many areas, including but not limited to, the economics of peace, economic conversion, the macroeconomics of military spending, climate change and economic solutions, human reliability pertaining to dangerous technologies, economic development and international economic consultancy accountability.

Dumas has published more than 120 works in eleven languages in books and journals of economics, engineering, sociology, history, public policy, philosophy, military studies and peace science. He has been quoted as an authority by Time (magazine) , Business Week, Science, Der Spiegel, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Post (not an exhaustive list). Among his extensive publications are those found in newspapers/magazines including the New York Times , Los Angeles Times , International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Technology Review, Defense News, Dallas Morning News and the Baltimore Sun,[1] and the International Herald Tribune. Among numerous radio interviews, he has appeared more than once on KERA's (90.1 FM) think with Krys Boyd.[2]

2. Biography

Lloyd "Jeff" Dumas was born in Yonkers, New York on May 18, 1945. He studied at Lincoln High School in Yonkers and received his undergraduate degree and both graduate degrees from Columbia University. He received a B.A. in Mathematics in 1967, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1972. He taught economics at the City University of New York and industrial and management engineering at Columbia University prior to moving to Dallas, Texas where he is on the faculty in the School of Economics, Political and Policy Science at UT-Dallas.

Like his mentor, Seymour Melman, Professor Dumas has committed his career to studying the effects of military/defense spending on the economy. He has served on the boards of SANE (Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy) and Economists for Peace and Security.[3]

3. Work

3.1. Books

His books include Lethal Arrogance: Human Fallibility and Dangerous Technologies (New York: St. Martin's Press/Palgrave Macmillan, December 1999);[4] The Socio-Economics of Conversion: From War to Peace (New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1995); Making Peace Possible: The Promise of Economic Conversion (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1989);[5] and The Overburdened Economy: Uncovering the Causes of Chronic Unemployment,Inflation and National Decline (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986). Forthcoming books include The Peacekeeping Economy scheduled to be released in Winter of 2011 by Yale University Press.

3.2. Public Speaking

Dumas has spoken at more than 250 conferences and special lectures since 1980, including symposia sponsored by the Sandia National Laboratories, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations , the World Bank and the Russian Academy of Sciences (at that time, the "Soviet Academy of Sciences"), as well as professional meetings of economists, sociologists, political scientists, physicists, engineers, historians, physicians, management scientists, teachers, labor unions and members of Congress. He has addressed the United Nations, testified at city, state and federal government hearings, and discussed the policy implications of his work on more than 300 TV and radio programs in the U.S., former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe and the Pacific. From 1991-93, he was Vice Chair of the Governor's Taskforce on Economic Transition of the State of Texas.[6]

3.3. Economic Impacts of the Department of Energy on the State of New Mexico

He has analyzed the effects of federal government spending for "a Nuclear Watch of New Mexico project to evaluate the Department of Energy's (DOE) economic impact on the state of New Mexico" (pg. 1).[7]

3.4. University of New Mexico

While on a one-semester sabbatical from UT-Dallas in Fall 1997, he held the Garrey Carruthers Distinguished Chair in the Honors Program at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.[8] While at UNM-Albuquerque, he gave numerous public talks and seminars for faculty.

3.5. Other Work

Other areas of his work include accountability issues pertaining to the behavior of economic advisors in the arena of international economic development. Together with Janine Wedel, he organized and chaired the conference and working group "Building Accountability into International Economic Development Advising" in Pułtusk, Poland (September 21–24, 2003).[9] A related monograph, co-authored by Janine Wedel and Greg Callman, titled "Confronting Corruption, Building Accountability: Lessons From the World of International Development Advising" will be published by Palgrave in 2010.[10]

Organizations with which Dumas has collaborated or for which he has made contributions include the Swedish Chapter of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (Swedish: Svenska Lakäre mot Kernvapen (SLMK)), Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Nuclear Watch of New Mexico. On more than one occasion Professor Dumas spoke at meetings organized by SLMK, for example, at meetings held in Moscow with the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Rosatom (Russian: Росатом)—at that time, the Ministry for Atomic Energy of the Russian Federation (Russian: Министерство по атомной энергии Российской Федерации), or MinAtom (МинАтом), and the Russian Duma (Russian Parliament).[11]

His work has received noteworthy attention from notable persons such as Amitai Etzioni, Professor Kosta Tsipis of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the late Kenneth Boulding, John Kenneth Galbraith, Jan Tinbergen (Nobel Laureate in Economics), and Retired USN Rear Admiral Eugene J. Carroll, Jr.[12] Etzioni was the Series Editor for the series "Studies in Socio-Economics", a culmination of research presented at the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. An edited book by Dumas, The Socio-Economics of Conversion from War to Peace was included in the series. (See Publications for a full citation for this book.) Of Dumas' contribution to macroeconomic theory, Kenneth Boulding wrote in the preface to Dumas' book, The Overburdened Economy, "This is a very important book. . . . Lloyd Dumas has challenged one of the implicit assumptions of the Keynesian Revolution ... the assumption that all activity which is paid for must be productive. His questioning of this assumption may well set off a reorganization of the economic information system ... Dumas's work is a very valuable contribution to the coming transformation of economic thought" (pg. xi). In praise of the same book (see blurbs or dust jacket), Galbraith wrote "This is a book of real substance by a scholar of high competence. ... I urge for it and for Professor Dumas the attention they both deserve." and Jan Tinbergen wrote "[The Overburdened Economy] throws much light on the problem of the deceleration of economic growth of both the USA and the Soviet Union."

4. Publications



  • The Technology Trap (Greenwood Press) forthcoming 2010.
  • The Peacekeeping Economy (Yale University Press) forthcoming 2011.
  • Lethal Arrogance: Human Fallibility and Dangerous Technologies (New York: St. Martin's Press/Palgrave, December 1999)
  • The Socio-Economics of Conversion: From War to Peace, preface by Amitai Etzioni, President, American Sociological Association (New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 1995). Editor and contributor.
  • Making Peace Possible: The Promise of Economic Conversion (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1989). First editor (coeditor, Marek Thee) and author of first and last chapters.
  • The Overburdened Economy: Uncovering the Causes of Chronic Unemployment,Inflation and National Decline, preface by Kenneth Boulding, former President of the American Economics Association. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986)


  • "Economic Conversion". Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
Further Reading
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  1. Archive of Sun articles This Nevada state website is an archive of articles published by the Sun. To locate Dumas' article titled "A powerful lesson" (Page 11A), search this webpage by date: Aug. 19, 2003.
  2. For example, you can access his interview "Turning Enemies Into Friends: Economics, Security, and Peace" on Aug. 8, 2008 [1].
  3. Formerly called Economists Allied for Arms Reduction (ECAAR), pg. 8 of the Dec. 1998 ECAAR newsletter lists board members [2]. The most current website is Webpage for Economists for Peace and Security.
  4. e.g., Amazon's link to the book
  5. He is first editor and co-author. The preface was written by Sweden's Ambassador to Israel (1964-1966), Ambassador Inga Thorsson. Link to the Wikipedia Swedish webpage for Ambassador Thorsson :sv:Inga Thorsson. Read more about Ambassador Thorsson in her obituary, 27 Jan., 1994, at The Independent People [3].
  6. Texas Governor Ann Richard's Executive Order AWR 91-9 establishing the Governor's Taskforce on Economic Transition, [4].
  7. Link to the official report: [5]. In economics, these calculations are performed using a "multiplier." See Multiplier (economics).
  8. UHP Garrey Carruthers Chair in Honors.
  9. [6]. For her work on corruption in Eastern Europe in her book, COLLISION AND COLLUSION: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe 1989-1998 (1st edition, New York, N.Y.: St. Martin's, 1998), Wedel won the Grawemeyer Award in 2001
  10. This link hosted by Wedel provides a brief description of the accountability project and the forthcoming monograph: [7].
  11. This statement appeared in a SLMK newsletter: Dialogue with Decision Makers: Together with Russian PPNW we have arranged meetings in Moscow from which we have just returned. We had meetings on the Human Factor issue with a number of high level [sic] specialist, with the speaker of the State Duma, with the minister of Minatom, and at the Foreign Ministry. Prof Lloyd Dumas and Dr Christina Lundius were interviewed during 1,5 hours by Prof Kapitza in [h]is scientific TV program on the question of the Human Factor and [d]angerous technologies like Nuclear weapons. [8]
  12. A short biography of Rear Admiral Carroll as posted on the Arlington National Cemetery website, [9]
Name: Lloyd J. Dumas
Born: May 1945
Yonkers, New York
Title: Economist
Affiliation: University of Texas at Dallas
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