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Read our spring In Brief series, summarizing recent faculty research, on our website!
Rucker Johnson’s book “Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works” has been released and is now available for purchase. The book reveals that school integration efforts in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s were overwhelmingly successful, and our retreat from them has had dire effects on our society. Listen to Professor Johnson speak about the book on Berkeley News.

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O-Lab is proud to announce two new initiatives: labor science and place-based policy. Our labor science initiative will support work that utilizes big data and machine learning to transform the way labor markets are studied and regulated. Our place-based policy initiative will support the study of geographic income and employment disparities, and policies to ensure that opportunity is more evenly distributed. Stay tuned for future updates!
O-Lab in the News
Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez released an analysis on Senator Elizabeth Warren's new “real corporate profits tax” plan, estimating it would bring in about $1.05 trillion by ensuring that large companies like Amazon pay corporate taxes. Read their analysis.
Randomized controlled trials (RCT) have revolutionized development policy. But do the interventions that work in the short run sustain benefits 10 or 20 years later? O-Lab co-director Ted Miguel spoke to VoxEU's Center for Economic Policy Research about measuring long-run impacts for RCTs.

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How should you choose your health plan? O-Lab co-director Ben Handel shares his wisdom in a Q&A with Berkeley Economics, discussing research on consumer health plan choices. Read more.
Meredith Fowlie joined the recently-formed External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee, an  organization dedicated to providing non-partisan advice on the state of economics as it relates to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs. "The goal of this external committee is to provide independent economic advice with regard to the benefits, costs, and design of proposed changes," says Fowlie. Read more.
O-Lab has released its spring "In Brief" series, summarizing seven recent papers from faculty affiliates. The series includes Steve Raphael's work on racial disparities in juvenile arrests, Frederico Finan's work on the characteristics of politicians, Danny Yagan's work on the employment effects of the Great Recession, and more. Read the spring In Brief series.

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"These jobs don't really pay very well when you net out what the expenses are," says affiliate Michael Reich in an interview with ABC 7 News that cites his research on the true wages of Uber and Lyft drivers. Read more.
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