Do Healthy Lunches Improve Student Test Scores? A new study identifies a link between food quality and achievement.

The Atlantic looked to a new study by O-Lab's Michael Anderson when discussing the link between healthy school lunches and test scores.  Professor Anderson's study shows that “Healthier meals could raise student achievement by about 4 percentile points on average.”

Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours.

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New research by Emmanuel Saez and Danny Yagan shows "roughly one in four of the richest students attend an elite college...

In contrast, less than one-half of 1 percent of children from the bottom fifth of American families attend an elite college; less than half attend any college at all." 

 

Read the full article from The New York Times' TheUpshot and view the full report at The Equality of Opportunity Project.

 

The Earned Income Tax Credit: a key policy to support families facing wage stagnation

What's Next? The Need for Evidence Based Research

The election may be over, but the need for rigorous research that addresses growing poverty and inequality remains just as vital.  On October 17, a group of people gathered at O-Lab's launch event to hear Christina Romer, David Card, and Enrico Moretti discuss education, housing, and the role rigorous evidence based research can play in shaping economic policy.  Read more about the event HERE and view the slideshow below. 

Hilary Hoynes Appointed to the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Congratulations to O-Lab Professor Hilary Hoynes on her appointment to the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.  The commission, signed into law with bipartisan support, "lays critical groundwork for adopting evidence-based policies that maximize public investment and improve lives," according to the Urban Institute

Click HERE for a full list of the Commission members.