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Congress and Climate Change

Solomon Hsiang spoke before congress as an expert witness on the economic consequences of climate change. "Because low-income regions and individuals tend to be hurt more, climate change will widen existing economic inequality,” he said. Read Hsiang's testimony summarizing decades of important research. 

Honorary Doctor of Laws

Harvard University awarded Emmanuel Saez an honorary Doctor of Laws degree alongside Angela Merkel, Lonnie G. Bunch III and six others. 
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Amazon, Cities and Educated Workers 

How did Virginia win Amazon’s HQ2? Research by O-Lab affiliate Enrico Moretti played a key role. His research showed dynamic cities with large concentrations of highly educated workers offer employers more advantages than tax perks.

Reducing Overpayments in the EITC

The Earned Income Tax Credit for low- and moderate-income workers “may ultimately be judged one of the most successful labor market innovations in U.S. history,” says Hilary Hoynes, but concerns persist around errors and overpayments in the system. New Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report examines the scale of the problem and outlines steps congress can take. 

Data First, Theory Second

“If the data don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” says Emmanuel Saez, speaking about a new data set he developed to show who gains from economic growth. Heather Boushey, director of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, profiles Saez and others in a new article about how the study of inequality is changing.
Research

Social Safety Nets: Canada vs. U.S.

How Do the US and Canadian Social Safety Nets Compare for Women and Children? Research by Hilary Hoynes and Mark Stabile finds that changes in both countries' social safety nets have increased employment rates and reduced poverty rates, with US effects driven more by market income and Canadian effects more by benefit income. Read more.

Linking Temperature and Violence

New working paper by Ceren Baysan, Marshall Burke, Felipe González, Solomon Hsiang, and Ted Miguel argues that non-economic psychological and physiological factors that are affected by temperature, likely play an important role in causing both interpersonal and intergroup violence. 

Social Norms and Labor Supply

How do social norms shape labor supply in informal markets in India? New working paper by Emily Breza, Supreet Kaur, and Nandita Krishnaswamy finds that day laborers privately admit they would work for less than the prevailing wage, but social pressure leads workers to demand higher wages when their decisions are observable to other workers.

Tax Evasion and Inequality

New American Economic Review paper by Annette Alstadsæter, Niels Johannesen, and Gabriel Zucman finds that offshore wealth allows the 0.01 percent richest households to evade about 25 percent of their taxes.
Call for Proposals
O-Lab is pleased to invite applications from UC Berkeley graduate students for research connected to our ongoing initiative Promoting Opportunity and Growth through Place-Based Policies. Please apply by Friday August 2nd, 2019. Find out more!
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