Research Archive


Facundo Alvaredo, Tony Atkinson, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez
The World Top Incomes Database

Camille Landais, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez
Tax Reform in France

Emmanuel Saez
Completed Paper: How Does Your Kindergarten Classroom Affect Your Earnings? Evidence from Project STAR

Stefano Dellavigna

Proposed Project: The Obama Effect on Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Event Studies
Completed Paper: The Obama Effect on Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Event Studies

Christina D. Romer and David H. Romer
Proposed Project: The Effects of Marginal Tax Rates: Evidence From the Interwar Era
Completed Paper: The Effects of Marginal Tax Rates: Evidence From the Interwar Era

Yuriy Gorodnichenko
Proposed Project: Specialization, Economic Development and Inequality

Patrick Kline
Proposed Project: Assessing the Incidence and Efficiency of a Prominent Place Based Policy
Completed Paper: Assessing the Incidence and Efficiency of a Prominent Place Based Policy

Botond Kőszegi
Proposed Project: Borrower Naivete in the Credit Market
Completed Paper: A Model of Focusing in Economic Choice

Edward Miguel
Proposed Project: Vocational Education Impacts and Inequality in Kenya

Enrico Moretti
Proposed Project: Inequality, Peer Salary Disclosure and Job Satisfaction: Evidence from a Field Experiment
Completed Paper: Inequality at Work: The Effect of Peer Salaries on Job Satisfaction

Michael Reich
Proposed Project: New Hires, Quits, and Churning in Low-Wage Labor Markets: Evidence from a Spatial Discontinuity Research Design
Completed Paper: Do Frictions Matter in the Labor Market?


Karen Selody (Post-doc Academic year 2010-2011)
Board Independence and the Gender Pay Gap for Top Executives

Dan Silverman (Academic year 2010-2011)

Facundo Alvaredo (July 5-September 16 2010)

Henrik Kleven (August 15-25 2010)

Taxation and International Migration of Superstars: Evidence from the European Football Market

Camille Landais (August 15-25 2010)
Taxation and International Migration of Superstars: Evidence from the European Football Market

Esben Schultz (August 15-25 2010)

Pascal Michaillat (September 23-October 16)

Optimal Unemployment Insurance Over the Business Cycle


Nicholas Li
An Engel Curve for Variety

Philippe Wingender
Estimating the Effect of Federal Transfers on Local Economic Outcomes


Owen Ozier
Long-Term Effects of Early Childhood Deworming

Changcheng Song
Insurance Game and Take‐up: Learning from Experience

Mitchell Hoffman
Information and Pivotal Voting: Evidence from Field Experiments


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.

The application for funding includes the following:

1) Summary: One (or at most two) page summary proposal describing the research project and how the research can have policy implications. This summary should not be technical and will be publicly posted on the Center's website for funded faculty. Preliminary draft or results, or a more detailed technical proposal, can also be attached but are not necessary.
2) Budget: Provide a short budget justification. Maximum funding is generally $50K per proposal. Priority will be given to research expenses and junior faculty.

Send application to in pdf electronic format.

Research papers funded by those grants should acknowledge funding from the "Center for Equitable Growth at Berkeley" and will be posted on the Center's website with updates as papers are revised and eventually published. An update of the 1-2 page initial summary will be also be posted online when the research papers are completed.

Contact Center Director Emmanuel Saez if you would like to discuss proposals, subject fit, or any other issue before submitting an application.

The Center will also fund fellowships for advanced PhD students. Professors are welcome to encourage their PhD students working in areas of equitable growth to apply for CEG fellowships.