Jacob Bastian (PhD '17) Named Co-Winner of Best Dissertation Prize From the National Tax Association
A huge congratulations to Jacob Bastian! It was just announced that Jacob’s dissertation, “New Evidence on the Effect of Public Policy on Employment, Intergenerational Mobility, Family Structure, and Social Attitudes Towards Working Women” is the co-winner the best dissertation prize from the National Tax Association (NTA). Jacob completed his Ph.D. from U-M Department of Economics in 2017 and is working on a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. His proud(!) committee was Martha Bailey (chair), Charlie Brown, Jim Hines, Luke Shaefer, and Ugo Troiano. Please take a moment to congratulate Jacob on this fantastic achievement (firstname.lastname@example.org) and, if you’re headed to the NTA meetings, make sure to attend his dissertation session. Go blue!
Jacob is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on how public policy can reduce poverty, increase economic opportunity, and encourage egalitarian social attitudes. Specifically, his current research looks at the Earned Income Tax Credit and finds that this program helped lead to the rise of working mothers in the 1970s (PDF), improved the education and employment outcomes of children of EITC recipients (PDF), changed social attitudes about the role of women in society (PDF), and had small positive effects on marriage and fertility (PDF).
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