College and intergenerational mobility: New evidence from administrative data

Project Summary:

Many argue that higher education is one of the best ways to increase intergenerationalmobility. Students from lower-income backgrounds can move up the income ladder if they attend the right college or university. But how equal is access to those schools? If qualified low-income students aren’t attending the schools that provide the most opportunity, then the college attendance process may be retarding upward economic mobility. This research project will look at the role of colleges and universities in transmitting income inequality into the next generation. Using gold-standard restricted-access tax data, the author will identify where students from across the income distribution attend college, and which colleges are improving the economic standing of students up and down the income ladder.

Inequality and fiscal balance: Is U.S. capital income actually taxed and why?

Project Summary:

This research will look at how the wealthy re-label income and wealth to avoid taxes. This study will help us better understand the distribution of wealth and income at the very top of the distribution, as well as the implications of mislabeling for capital accumulation and economic growth.


Danny Yagan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests include capital, taxes and labor. He joined the Department of Economics at UC-Berkeley after earning a B.A. summa cum laude and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and after completing a post-doc at UC-Berkeley.