News and Announcements
In a new podcast, Frederico Finan discusses his work studying how vote-buying unfolds on the ground in Paraguay. Finan describes how norms of reciprocity drive voters to opt for politicians who have treated them favorably in the past, and offers advice for how policymakers might disrupt this process to combat election fraud. Listen to the podcast
Congratulations Mathilde Muñoz, winner of the 2023 AFSE Thesis Prize, awarded by the French Economic Association (AFSE), for her PhD Dissertation: "Essays on taxation and international worker mobility in Europe." Her research was carried out at the Paris School of Economics under the supervision of Thomas Piketty. Read more
Before receiving their degrees, Berkeley Economics students heard words of encouragement and inspiration from Federal Reserve Governor Lisa Cook, a distinguished Berkeley alumna who received her Ph.D. in economics. Cook, who was the commencement speaker, is a renowned economist, academic and policy advisor. She returned to the Berkeley campus, where she received her doctorate in 1997. Read more
We are excited to announce that a generous gift from Berkeley alum Brian Barish '90 will establish The BB90 Fund for Monetary Economics, helping Berkeley's students and leading economists better understand emerging strategies used by financial regulators to influence economic behavior. “It is an exciting time to investigate this critical area of monetary economics, and the support provided by the BB90 Fund has provided a tremendous boost,” said Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics at Berkeley Yuriy Gorodnichenko, who directs the BB90 Fund’s research program. Read more
Online and Matching-Based Market Design, a new book co-edited by Berkeley Economics professor Federico, Echenique explains the dominant ideas from computer science and economics underlying the most important results on market design and introduces the main algorithmic questions and combinatorial structures. Read more
Berkeley Economists and fellow scholars sign an Open letter to Jeffrey Sachs, Director of CSD Columbia. The authors argue that Sachs's interventions propagate the Kremlin’s narratives and present a distorted picture of the intentions of the Russian invasion. Read the letter in the Berkeley Blog.
Research and Teaching
A new article by by Ellora Derenoncourt, Claire Montialoux, published in the The Quarterly Journal of Economics, February 202. Minimum Wages and Racial Inequality. The earnings difference between white and black workers fell dramatically in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This article shows that the expansion of the minimum wage played a critical role in this decline. Read more
New paper by Kimberly Clausing, Emmanuel Saez, and Gabriel Zucman: Ending corporate tax avoidance and tax competition: a plan to collect the tax deficit of multinationals. Read the paper
A new paper by Isabel Z. Martinez, Emmanuel Saez, and Michael Siegenthaler estimates intertemporal labor supply responses to two-year long income tax holidays staggered across Swiss cantons. Read more
Through analysis of the Band for International Settlements (BIS) Annual Economic Reports, Professor Barry Eichengreen traces the BIS’s views on exchange rates, capital flows and financial cycles in a new book. Read more
An innovative experiment in rural India targeted alleviating financial stress on short-term workers and fascinatingly, found a substantial increase in productivity for workers who have their financial strain eased by receiving part of their salary mid-way through their contract. By Berkeley Economics Professor Supreet Kaur. Read more
We're proud to share that Berkeley Economics professors Emi Nakamura and Chris Shannon were elected to join The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government,and public affairs. Congratulations! To learn more about their work and of all UC Berkeley faculty members elected, read more.