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Spotlight
O-Lab's Hilary Hoynes was on the committee of a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report that provides a number of evidence-based policy recommendations to cut child poverty by ~50% within the next decade. Read the report here.  
 
Research
Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman teamed up with the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences to “open up” their analysis. They publicly shared all their data and methods in order to create a fully reproducible version of their policy report for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax plan. You can also simulate your own wealth tax here!
A new working paper by affiliates Meredith Fowlie, Reed Walker and Edward A. Rubin assesses the extent to which the EPA's existing monitor-based measurements over- or under-estimate true exposure to pollution, and the health implications of these errors. Read more here.

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O-Lab in the News
"In a country that's already warm, every degree Celsius of warming reduces growth, on average, by about one percentage point," says a new Business Insider article that cites research by O-Lab co-director Edward Miguel and affiliate Solomon Hsiang

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Research by O-Lab affiliate Rucker C. Johnson as well as C. Kirabo Jackson and Claudia Persico shows that increases in school funding resulting from lawsuits led to lower rates of poverty in adulthood. Read more about existing funding gaps in the US here

“Neoliberalism—or market fetishism—is not the consistent application of modern economics, but its primitive, simplistic perversion,” write Gabriel Zucman, Suresh Naudi, Dani Rodrik in their Boston Review article about economics after neoliberalism.

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"Government should do more to support families in the raising and educating of children," write Jesse Rothstein and Sandra Black in a new policy brief on the government's role in providing social insurance. The brief is part of the Economics for Inclusive Prosperity network, a group of academic economists led by Gabriel Zucman and others who are committed to an inclusive economy and society. 
Awards
Hilary Hoynes was elected as a distinguished insurance expert to the National Academy of Social Insurance. The Academy advances solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance--such as workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and social security-- contributes to economic security.

Gabriel Zucman was named as one of this year's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship recipients. Every year the Sloan Foundation honors early-career scholars who "represent the most promising scientific researchers working today."
Events
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society is hosting a talk on “Data Science for Advancing Population Health” on April 22. This is the first event in a new joint Berkeley and UCSF Population Health Series. Speakers include O-Lab affiliate Jesse Rothstein, Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Urmimala Sarkar and more. Register here.

 
On April 26th, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society is featuring a discussion of Rucker Johnson's new book, Children of the Dream. Professor Johnson will discuss the efficacy of school integration efforts in the 1970s and 1980s with Berkeley's Dean of the Graduate School of Education Prudence Carter and Law Professor Chris Edley, Jr. More info here.
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