Members of the NBER's Public Economics Program met April 5–6 in Cambridge. Program Directors Raj Chetty of Stanford University and Amy Finkelstein of MIT and Faculty Research Fellow Stefanie Stantcheva of Harvard University organized the meeting. These researchers' papers were presented and discussed:
Simon Jaeger, MIT and NBER; Benjamin Schoefer, University of California, Berkeley; and Josef Zweimueller, University of Zurich, "Marginal Jobs and Job Surplus: Evidence from Separations and Unemployment Insurance"
Matthew C. Weinzierl, Harvard University and NBER, "A Welfarist Role for Nonwelfarist Rules" (NBER Working Paper No. 23587)
Jeff Larrimore, Federal Reserve Board, and Jake Mortenson and David Splinter, Joint Committee on Taxation, "Household Incomes in Tax Data: Using Addresses to Move from Tax Unit to Household Income Distributions"
Ugo Troiano, University of Michigan and NBER, "Do Taxes Increase Economic Inequality? A Comparative Study Based on the State Income Tax" (NBER Working Paper No. 24175)
John Beshears, David Laibson, and Brigitte C. Madrian, Harvard University and NBER; James J. Choi, Yale University and NBER; and Bill Skimmyhorn, United States Military Academy, "Borrowing to Save? The Impact of Automatic Enrollment on Debt"
Matthew Davis, University of Pennsylvania, and Fernando V. Ferreira, University of Pennsylvania and NBER, "Housing Disease and Public School Finances" (NBER Working Paper No. 24140)
John Guyton, Kara Leibel, Mark Payne, and Brenda Schafer, Internal Revenue Service; Dayanand S. Manoli, University of Texas at Austin and NBER; and Ankur Patel, U.S. Department of the Treasury, "Tax Enforcement and Tax Policy: Evidence on Taxpayers' Responses to EITC Correspondence Audits" (NBER Working Paper No. 24465)
Niels Johannesen, University of Copenhagen; Patrick Langetieg, Internal Revenue Service; Daniel Reck, London School of Economics; Max Risch, University of Michigan; and Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan and NBER, "Taxing Hidden Wealth: The Consequences of US. Enforcement Initiatives on Evasive Foreign Accounts" (NBER Working Paper No. 24366)
John L. Voorheis, U.S. Bureau of the Census, "Air Quality, Human Capital Formation and the Long-term Effects of Environmental Inequality at Birth"
Kavan J. Kucko, Boston University; Kevin Rinz, U.S. Bureau of the Census; and Benjamin Solow, Georgetown University, "Labor Market Effects of the Affordable Care Act: Evidence from a Tax Notch"
Adam Bee and Joshua Mitchell, U.S. Bureau of the Census, "Do Older Americans Have More Income than We Think?"
Hunt Allcott, New York University and NBER; Benjamin Lockwood, University of Pennsylvania and NBER; and Dmitry Taubinsky, University of California, Berkeley and NBER, "Ramsey Strikes Back: Optimal Commodity Taxes and Redistribution in the Presence of Salience Effects" (NBER Working Paper No. 24233)
Naomi Feldman, Federal Reserve Board; Elena Patel, U.S. Department of the Treasury; and Laura Kawano and Nirupama S. Rao, University of Michigan, "Do Publicly-Traded Firms Invest Myopically? Evidence from U.S. Tax Data"
Summaries of these papers are at www.nber.org/confer/2018/PEs18/summary.html