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Selected Publications

  • Can the US keep the PACE? A natural experiment in accelerating the growth of solar electricity

    Growing global awareness of climate change has ushered in a new era demanding policy, financial and behavioural innovations to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Dramatic price decreases in solar photovoltaics (PV) and public policy have underwritten the expansion of solar power, now accounting for the largest share of renewable energy in California and rising fast in other countries, such as Germany and Italy. Governments’ efforts to expand solar generation base and integrate it into municipal, regional, and national energy systems, have spawned several programs that require rigorous policy evaluations to assess their effectiveness, costs and contribution to Paris Agreement’s goals. In this study, we exploit a natural experiment in northern California to test the capacity of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to promote PV investment. PACE has been highly cost effective by more than doubling residential PV installations.

  • Consumers Buy Lower-Cost Plans on Covered California Suggesting Premium Increases Are Less Than Commonly Reported
  • The EITC: A Key Policy to Support Families Facing Wage Stagnation

    IRLE Policy Brief, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley, January 2017.

  • Illegality: A Contemporary Portrait of Immigration

    Gonzales, Roberto G., and Steven Raphael (2017), “Illegality: A Contemporary Portrait of Immigration,” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 3(4): 1–17.

  • Health and the labor market – New developments in the literature

    Hilary Hoynes, Emilia Simeonova, and MarianneSimonsen, “Health and the labor market - New Developments in the Literature,” Introduction to Special Issue, Labour Economics. Volume 43, December 2016.

  • U.S. Food and Nutrition Programs

    Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, Volume I, University of Chicago Press, Robert Moffitt Editor, 2016. (Joint with Diane Schanzenbach)

  • THE EVOLUTION OF FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITIES: From the Traditional to the New

    In the face of the dominant World Class University rhetoric and ranking paradigm, most academic leaders and their academic communities have had difficulty conceptualizing and articulating their grander purpose and multiple engagements with society. Some seem to wait for the next ministerial edict to help or push them toward greater societal relevancy – often limited to improved global rankings. This essay discusses the evolving idea of the Flagship University, its past and future, and the need to develop and articulate a more holistic and modern narrative regarding the role of these important institutions. The New Flagship University is an institution grounded in its historical purpose, but remarkably different in its devotion to access and equity, to the quality of its teaching, research and public services mission, and to meeting national and regional socioeconomic needs. This paper discusses some of the central themes in the book, The New Flagship University, and includes observations in recent articles by scholars and researchers on their relevancy in various parts of the world. Leading national or Flagship Universities are now more important for socioeconomic mobility, for knowledge production, for generating economic and civic leaders, and for pushing innovation and societal self-reflection than in any other time in their history. 

  • Do Politicians Use Policy to Make Politics? The Case of Public-Sector Labor Laws

    Anzia, Sarah F., and Terry M. Moe. 2016. “Do Politicians Use Policy to Make Politics? The Case of Public-Sector Labor Laws.” American Political Science Review 110 (4): 763-777.

    Schattschneider’s insight that “policies make politics” has played an influential role in the modern study of political institutions and public policy. Yet if policies do indeed make politics, rational politicians have opportunities to use policies to structure future politics to their own advantage—and this strategic dimension has gone almost entirely unexplored.  Do politicians actually use policies to make politics?  Under what conditions?  In this paper, we develop a theoretical argument about what can be expected from strategic politicians, and we carry out an empirical analysis on a policy development that is particularly instructive: the adoption of public-sector collective bargaining laws by the states during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s—laws that fueled the rise of public-sector unions, and “made politics” to the advantage of Democrats over Republicans.