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Berkeley Economics Professor Dmitry Taubinsky, along with economists from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University, developed a cost-benefit analysis and suggested that a federal tax on soda at a rate between 1 and 2.1 cents an ounce would be the “optimal” tax with the greatest public benefit. "A national tax on soda would yield as much as $7 billion a year in net welfare to society," concluded the researchers. Read more
Congratulations to Berkeley Economics student Will Alexander '20, for winning the Owen D. Young Prize in International Relations. The award is awarded for the best essay on international relations. Read about the award here.
A new NBER Working Paper by Berkeley Economics professors Christina Romer and David Romer shows that countries with lower debt-to-GDP ratios respond to financial distress with much more expansionary fiscal policy & suffer much less severe aftermaths, driven more by policymaker choices than true debt constraints. Read more
 
NPR's Planet Money episode "Economics, Sexism, Data" discusses a study by Berkeley Economics undergrad Alice Wu, which uncovered rampant bias in the Economics Job Market Rumors forum. Listen to the podcast here.
Congratulations to the winners of the undergraduate and graduate annual awards. View the list of award-winning students here.
Congratulations of Berkeley Economics Professor David Card who has been nominated to be the President of American Economic Association (AEA). Read More
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We're proud to share that Berkeley Economics professors Emi Nakamura and Chris Shannon were elected to join The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals in academia, the arts, business, government,and public affairs. Congratulations! To learn more about their work and of all UC Berkeley faculty members elected, read more.
We're thrilled to share that Berkeley Economics Prof. Emi Nakamura has been announced as the 2019 recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal! The prize is awarded to an American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. Read more
Congratulations to Berkeley Economics professors, Philpp Strack and Gabriel Zucman, for winning the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship! Read more.
Berkeley Economics Professor Yuri Gorodnichenko has been awarded 2018 Monetary Economics and Finance Prize, which distinguish researchers who have developed central concepts to improve our understanding of Monetary Economics and Finance. Read more
Economics Professors Supreet Kaur and Danny Yagan have been awarded 2018 Sloan Fellowships, which “honor early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the very best scientific minds working today."
Professor Barry Eichengreen discusses with QUARTZ the future of the dollar and global currencies.  See also Professor Eichengreen's new book!
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How should you choose your health plan? Professor Ben Handel shares some research wisdom
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