Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman
Proposed Project: US Distributional National Accounts



Facundo Alvaredo, Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty,
Emmanuel Saez
The World Top Incomes Database (continuing project)

Pat Kline , Christopher Walters
Proposed Project: Evaluating Public Education Programs with Close Substitutes: The Case of Head Start

Michael Reich , Sylvia Allegretto
Proposed Project: Minimum Wage Effects on Prices



Facundo Alvaredo, Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty,
Emmanuel Saez
The World Top Incomes Database (continuing project)

Shachar KarivRaymond Fisman, Pamela Jakiela
The Distributional Preferences of Americans

Raj Chetty, Nathan Hendren, Patrick Kline,
Emmanuel Saez
The Equality of Opportunity Project

Danny Yagan
Moving to Opportunity? Migratory Insurance over the Great Recession

Gabriel Zucman
The Hidden Wealth of Nations: Investigating Tax Heavens



Facundo Alvaredo, Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty,
Emmanuel Saez
The World Top Incomes Database (continuing project)

Enrico Moretti
Proposed Project: Economic Growth, Geography and Inequality: Who Benefits from Productivity Gains?

Jesse Rothstein
Proposed Project: School Finance Equalization and Student Outcomes

Stefano Dellavigna
Proposed Project: Unemployment Benefit Design for Behavioral Workers

Shachar KarivRaymond Fisman, Pamela Jakiela
Proposed Project: Recovering Social Preferences: A Combined Survey and Field experiment

Shachar KarivAlexander Cappelen, Bertil Tungodden, Erik Ø. Sørensen
Proposed Project: Is there a development gap in decisionā€making quality?

Ben Handel, Ted Miguel
Proposed Project: Incentives for Preventive Health Care in India: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial

Pat Kline
Proposed Project: Gender Wage Gaps and Firm Characteristics



Facundo Alvaredo, Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty,
Emmanuel Saez
The World Top Incomes Database (continuing project)

Camille Landais, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez
Tax Reform in France (continuing project)

David Card, Pat Kline, Joerg Heining
Proposed Project: Skills vs. Productivity: How Important Are Firms for Understanding Trends in Wage Inequality?
Completed Paper: Workplace Heterogeneity and the Rise of German Wage Inequality

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas, Maurice Obstfeld
Proposed Project: Consumption Inequality, Income Inequality and Global Imbalances

Ernesto Dal Bo, Frederico Finan
Proposed Project: Stimulating Local Development through Federal Transfers

Patrick Kline, Enrico Moretti
Proposed Project: Can Public Investment Shift Regional Growth Equilibria? 100 Years of Evidence from the Tennessee Valley Authority
Completed Paper: Local Economic Development, Agglomeration Economies and the Big Push: 100 Years of Evidence from the Tennessee Valley Authority

Shachar Kariv
Proposed Project: Wealth Differentials and Decisionā€Making Quality: A Combined Survey and Field Experiment

Edward Miguel
Proposed Project: Do Cash Transfers to the Poor Reduce Low Birth Weight? Evidence from Matched Vital Statistics, Social Security, and Program Administrative Data
Completed Paper: Do Cash Transfers Improve Birth Outcomes? Evidence from Matched Vital Statistics, Program and Social Security Data

Michael Reich
Proposed Project: Are Minimum Wage Policies Consistent with Economic Growth? Relating a Frictions Model of the Labor Market to the Effects of Minimum Wages

Jesse Rothstein
Proposed Project: Unemployment Insurance and Job Search in the Great Recession
Completed Paper: The Labor Market Four Years Into the Crisis: Assessing Structural Explanations

Andres Rodriguez-Clare
Proposed Project: On the Aggregate and Distributional Effects of Globalization on the United States
Completed Paper: Innovation and Production in the Global Economy



The Center for Equitable Growth funds Berkeley Faculty and graduate student research on topics of equitable growth. It also hosts and supports visiting faculty and post-docs to come to Berkeley and pursue research projects in areas of equitable growth. The scope for equitable growth research is broad. The concept of growth, in addition to measures of GDP growth, can also incorporate education, health, and environmental sustainability aspects. Equitable growth research includes research on economic inequality and the determinants of economic growth. The Center is particularly interested in research on the links between inequality and economic growth, the effects of government policies on both the distribution of economic well-being and economic growth, as well as how the public views on equity and fairness affects policy making. Research based on other countries’ experiences is also welcome, particularly when it can inform US domestic policies and US international aid policy. Policies that are of highest relevance to the problem of equitable growth include (but are not limited to): Tax Policy Transfer Programs for Low Income Families Social Insurance Programs such as Unemployment and Disability Insurance Labor Market Regulations such as the Minimum and Living Wages Local Economic Development Programs Institutional Reforms Education Policies Environmental Policies Health Policies.



The central goals of the Center are to encourage research in equitable growth and to help develop policy ideas that can simultaneously improve the distribution of economic well-being and economic growth. Therefore, the Center is primarily interested in research that can inform policy decisions in promoting equitable growth. The Center will disseminate its work through traditional academic means and, when appropriate, to institutions that can translate the Center’s applied research to policymakers in Washington DC and elsewhere. The ultimate goal is to use this research to develop innovative policy proposals that could produce strong, sustainable growth that is fairly shared.



Berkeley Faculty Grants have an annual funding cycle with an application deadline of late spring. An email will be sent each spring to the Berkeley community with the application announcement and the due date.


Esben Schultz, CEG visitor, Summer 2010