Inequality has become a central focus of policy discussions, but inequality has multiple dimensions and correspondingly many potential policy interventions. This mini-conference will consider inequality from this broad perspective. The event will feature a keynote by Peter Orszag, and presentations from O-Lab faculty Hilary Hoynes and Gabriel Zucman.
O-Lab affiliate Meredith Fowlie will be speaking at UC Davis on the real world application of market based environmental regulations.
About: Economists generally agree that carbon pricing should be a core component of any meaningful policy response to climate change. But this compelling economic idea has been difficult to translate into politically feasible policy. Over the past two decades, experimentation around the world has been progressing slowly and with mixed results. In many respects, California has been at the bleeding edge of these efforts. Fowlie will unpack some of the empirical evidence on carbon pricing impacts across a range of economic outcomes and focus on some important challenges.
David Pedulla, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, will discuss his detailed research data on both job applications and job offers, which provide the unique ability to adjudicate between these processes. This data provides evidence that although blacks and whites utilize their networks at similar rates, these methods are less likely to lead to job offers for African-Americans.
The talk will include O-Lab faculty Conrad Miller and Haas faculty Laura Kray as discussants and is co-sponsored by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
On March 28 O-Lab held a conference and matchmaking event to identify ways that new-unique data can advance social good, promote communication between researchers and companies with rich data-sets, and provide a deeper understanding of the synergistic benefits of data access.
For more information about speakers please visit the event website, www.data4publicgood.com.
This is event is invitation only. Please contact Elena Lunt, elenalunt [at] Berkeley [dot] edu with any questions.
Three Berkeley Opportunity Lab professors will discuss their research. Topics include the synergistic effects of pre-K and K-12 spending on children's long-run adult attainment, the interaction between specific colleges and upward mobility, and how integrating ideas from psychology into economics can help us better understand why it is difficult to escape poverty.