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 (EITC) has been supporting the incomes of low-income working families since 1975. It is now a major anti-poverty program for both adults and children. This brief provides an overview of how the Earned Income Tax Credit supports families in a context of wage stagnation and encourages work. Together with the Child Tax Credit, the EITC lifted 9.2 million people, including 4.8 million children, out of poverty in 2015. It has long-lasting benefits on maternal and children’s health and on children’s development. The EITC has therefore positive effects beyond its direct cash value to recipients.
By Hilary Hoynes, January 10, 2017
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.
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.