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Krista Ruffini

Krista Ruffini


Krista is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on labor and public economics. In particular, her current work examines the effects of school-based interventions on students' academic and labor market outcomes.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Krista conducted research on federal budget and tax policies at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. From 2014 to 2015, she worked on labor, health, and education policies with the Council of Economic Advisers. She holds an MA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley; an MPA from the London School of Economics, concentrating in Public and Economic Policy; and a BA in Economics, International Relations, and Political Science from Boston University.

Research Interests

  • Economic Policy
  • Education
  • Labor and Employment
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Public Finance


  • Making Work Pay Better Through an Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit

    Hilary Hoynes, Jesse Rothstein and Krista Ruffini, “Making Work Pay Better Through an Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit” in Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and Ryan Nunn, eds, The 51% Driving Growth through Women's Economic Participation, The Hamilton Project.

    The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit that promotes work. Research has shown that it also reduces poverty and improves health and education outcomes. The maximum credit for families with two or fewer children has remained flat in inflation-adjusted terms since 1996. Over the same period, earnings prospects have stagnated or diminished for many Americans, and prime-age employment rates have fallen. This paper proposes to build on the successes of the EITC with a ten percent acrossthe-board increase in the federal credit. This expansion would provide a meaningful offset to stagnating real wages, encourage more people to enter employment, lift approximately 600,000 individuals out of poverty, and improve health and education outcomes for millions of children.

    Policy Proposal (3MB)


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Entered PhD Program



Hilary Hoynes

Last updated on 05/21/2018