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About ozidar

Graduate student at UC Berkeley, studying public finance & labor economics. https://sites.google.com/site/omzidar/

Optimal Income Transfer Programs: Intensive versus Extensive Labor Supply Responses

From Emmanuel Saez: This paper analyzes optimal income transfers for low incomes. Labor supply responses are modeled along the intensive margin (intensity of work on the job) and along the extensive margin (participation into the labor force). When behavioral responses … Continue reading

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Is the EITC as Good as an NIT? Conditional Cash Transfers and Tax Incidence

From Jesse Rothstein: The EITC is intended to encourage work. But EITC-induced increases in labor supply may drive wages down. I simulate the economic incidence of the EITC. In each scenario that I consider, a large portion of low-income single … Continue reading

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Sources of Geographic Variation in Health Care: Evidence from Patient Migration

From Amy Finkelstein, Matthew Gentzkow, and Heidi Williams: We study the drivers of geographic variation in US healthcare utilization, using an empirical strategy that exploits migration of Medicare patients to separate the role of demand and supply factors. Our approach allows … Continue reading

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The Regional Evolution of Prices and Wages During the Great Recession

From Martin Beraja, Erik Hurst and Juan Ospina:  In this paper, we examine the evolution of prices, wages, employment and output across U.S. states during the Great Recession. To do so, we use over 76 billion price observations from the Nielsen … Continue reading

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Growth in Cities and Countries

From Chang-Tai Hsieh and Enrico Moretti: A large micro literature has documented the local forces leading to growth and decline of cities. This paper measures the consequences of these local forces on aggregate output and welfare. We use a Rosen-Roback model of … Continue reading

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What does the Future Hold for Our Economy?

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Optimal Wealth Taxation: Redistribution and Political Economy

Here are a few interesting links from Ivan Werning on capital taxation, Piketty, and political economy. 1. Optimal Wealth Taxation: Redistribution and Political Economy – slides from his plenary at SED 2014 2. A Reappraisal of Chamley-Judd Zero Capital Taxation … Continue reading

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People and Machines A Look at The Evolving Relationship Between Capital and Skill In Manufacturing 1850-1940 Using Immigration Shocks

From Jeanne Lafortune, José Tessada, Ethan Lewis: This paper empirically tests if the Second Industrial Revolution changed the way inputs were used in the manufacturing sector, as has been argued by historical research. To do this, we estimate the impact of … Continue reading

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Credit Supply in the Great Recession

1. Does Greater Inequality Lead to More Household Borrowing? New Evidence from Household Data by Olivier Coibion, Marianna Kudlyak, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, John Mondragon One suggested hypothesis for the dramatic rise in household borrowing that preceded the financial crisis is that low-income households increased their demand … Continue reading

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Linkages and Economic Development

From Dominick Bartelme and Yuriy Gorodnichenko: Specialization is a powerful source of productivity gains but how production net- works at the industry level are related to aggregate productivity in the data is an open question. We construct a database of input-output … Continue reading

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