XVI RDB Lecture – Stefanie Stantcheva

What Shapes Our Support for Redistribution Policy? Evidence from Social Economics Surveys and Experiments

Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard University)

Bocconi University, room AS03 (Via Roentgen 1, floor -2)

26 May 2022 h. 17:00

When people decide how much redistribution and which redistribution policies to support, their major concerns center around who wins and who loses from these policies and how fair they consider this to be. This talk dives into the fairness notions that shape people’s views, based on new research findings from Social Economics surveys and experiments. The topics covered include views on intergenerational mobility, immigration and minorities, and people’s perceived position among others.

Introduction: Nicola Gennaioli (IGIER-Università Bocconi)

Discussion: Giulia Giupponi (Università Bocconi)

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Stefanie Stantcheva is the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard and founder of the Social Economics Lab. She studies the taxation of firms and individuals, as well as how people understand, perceive, and form their attitudes towards public policies. Her work has centered around the long-lasting effects of tax policy – on innovation, education, and wealth. Recently, she has studied how R&D policies can be improved to foster innovation, how income and corporate taxes have shaped innovation over the 20th century, and how student loans can be structured to improve access to education. She has also explored people’s attitudes towards taxation, health care, immigration policies, environmental policies, and social mobility using large-scale Social Economics Surveys and Experiments. Stefanie Stantcheva received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2014 and was a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows 2014-2016 before joining the Harvard Department of Economics in July 2016. She is currently co-editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics.