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In January, Congress passed the Foundations for Evidence Based Policymaking Act of 2018. “The law’s improvements to secure data access should drastically improve the ability of researchers to access federal data while maintaining data privacy,” said Hilary Hoynes, co-Director of O-Lab and former member of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.
O-Lab affiliates Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman have been advising Senator Elizabeth Warren on a proposal that would place a wealth tax on Americans with assets above $50 million. The tax would raise $2.75 trillion over a 10-year period from about 75,000 families, or less than 0.1 percent of U.S. households.
O-Lab in the News
Workers with erratic schedules are more likely to report food, housing, and economic insecurities, as well as experience depression and low quality of sleep, Daniel Schneider told the Guardian in an interview. “We see those who have exposure to these scheduling practices are significantly more likely to be psychologically distressed.”

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Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman wrote an opinion piece published in The New York Times about Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent tax hike proposal. "An extreme concentration of wealth means an extreme concentration of economic and political power...progressive income taxation is the fairest [policy] and most potent of them all, because it restrains all exorbitant incomes equally." 
Research
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O-Lab co-directors Hilary Hoynes and Jesse Rothstein review recent literature on Universal Basic Incomes (UBIs) and conclude that "a UBI would direct much larger shares of transfers to middle-income rather than poor households." Read their NBER paper here.
O-Lab's Danny Yagan along with Matthew Smith, Owen Zidar and Eric Zwick find that most top earners in the U.S. derive their income from human capital, rather than physical or financial capital. Read more in their new NBER working paper here
A new working paper by O-Lab's David Card, with Stefano DellaVigna, Patricia Funk, and Nagore Iriberri, finds that female-authored economics papers have a 7 percentage point lower probability of a revise and resubmit verdict relative to a citation-maximizing benchmark.

O-Lab affiliate Rucker Johnson and co-author C. Kirabo Jackson's new article in the American Economic Journal finds that early childhood investments can make subsequent investments in poor children more productive.
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Jesse Rothstein and Annette Bernhardt have recently been awarded $680,000 to utilize tax data to study the size and effect of independent contracting in California. "Good information about the gig economy is sparse and estimates of size vary widely," says Rothstein. Find out more here.
Events
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society is hosting a talk on economic and health disparities on March 1. Entitled “Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism”, the event features Anne Case of Princeton University, respondents Mahasin Mujahid and Ron Lee, and is moderated by O-Lab's Hilary Hoynes. Find out more here.

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