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Award Type

First Prize

Dissertation Advisor

Lawrence Katz


In advanced economies, a common policy strategy to expand employment and increase wages is to try to expand the demand for labor, either through support to employers in the form of subsidies or tax breaks or through direct government purchases. However, while demand-side policies should increase wages and/or employment in theory, it is often unclear who benefits from such policies in practice. This dissertation comprises three independent essays that study demand-side interventions and shocks to the labor market and evaluate who wins and who loses in practice.

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