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[CBS News Boston] Drivers Change Habits as Gas Prices Rise in Mass.

Jay Zagorsky



June 6, 2022 

CBS News Boston recently interviewed Jay Zagorsky, Senior Lecturer of Markets, Public Policy, and Law, on the recent surge in gas prices across Massachusetts. 

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, gas prices around the world spiked and have been affected ever since. As the average cost of gas continues to rise across Massachusetts, prices are now nearing a record high of five dollars per gallon. Drivers have been affected by these prices, especially those transporting their children to and from school and activities but have no choice but to keep driving. However, Jay tells us it is not the gas stations that are to blame for these prices.  

“Gas station owners really want to keep the price under control. Why? Because they want you as steady customers. They don’t want you to suddenly go out and buy a Tesla or another electric vehicle and then you don’t stop in for your cup of coffee or lottery tickets.” 

Jay believes that the end of China’s Covid lockdown, as well as the increase of traveling during the summer season increasing the demand for jet fuel are the culprits for these record high prices.  

Jay Zagorsky is Clinical Associate Professor in Markets, Public Policy, & Law and is a cross-disciplinary researcher who has spent over two decades of researching a wide variety of personal wealth topics. He tries to explain why some people become rich, others are poor and some move between these two states. He is currently synthesizing this research into a book that presents the results of his academic research and other wealth researchers in an accessible format.

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