Stefanie Stantcheva

Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy,
Harvard University


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Research

Working Papers

Zero-Sum Thinking and the Roots of U.S. Political Divides [NEW! November 2022]

(with Sahil Chinoy, Nathan Nunn, and Sandra Sequeira)

Harvard University Working Paper, 2022

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Tax Design, Information, and Elasticities: Evidence from the French Wealth Tax [SLIDES only, September 2022]

(with Bertrand Garbinti, Jonathan Goupille-Lebret, Mathilde Munoz, and Gabriel Zucman)

Harvard University Working Paper, 2022

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Fighting Climate Change: International Attitudes Toward Climate Policies [UPDATED! September 2022]

(with Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Adrien Fabre, Tobias Kruse, Bluebery Planterose, and Ana Sanchez Chico)

NBER Working Paper 30265, 2022

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Wealth and Property Taxation in the United States [UPDATED! October 2022]

(with Sacha Dray and Camille Landais)

Harvard University Working Paper, 2022

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• Online Appendix

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Understanding of Trade [UPDATED! May 2022]

NBER Working Paper 30040, 2022

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• Understanding Economics Website

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Perceptions of Racial Gaps, their Causes, and Ways to Reduce Them

(with Alberto Alesina and Matteo Ferroni)

NBER Working Paper 29245, 2021

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Social Positions and Fairness Views on Inequality [UPDATED! July 2022]

(with Claus Thustrup Kreiner and Kristoffer Balle Hvidberg)

NBER Working Paper 28099 [Conditionally accepted at the Review of Economic Studies], 2022

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Press coverage: VoxEU , NBER Digest , Marketplace

Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis [UPDATED! August 2022]

(with Marcella Alsan, Luca Braghieri, Sarah Eichmeyer, Joyce Kim, and David Yang)

NBER Working Paper 27972 [Revise and Resubmit at the AEJ: Applied Economics], 2022

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Tax Simplicity or Simplicity of Evasion? Evidence from Self-Employment Taxes in France [UPDATED! November 2022]

(with Ufuk Akcigit, Philippe Aghion, Maxime Gravoueille, and Mathieu Lequien)

NBER Working Paper 24049, 2022

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Press coverage: Washington Post , Liberation

Understanding Economic Policies: What do people know and learn?

Harvard University Working Paper, 2020

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• Survey Questionnaires

• Online Appendix

• Understanding Economics Website

Reforms and Dynamics of Income: Evidence Using New Panel Data

(with Philippe Aghion, Vlad Ciornohuz and Maxime Gravoueille)

Working Paper, 2019

Anatomy of Inequality in France

(with Philippe Aghion, Vlad Ciornohuz and Maxime Gravoueille)

Working Paper, 2019

Dancing with the Stars: Innovation through Interactions

(with Ufuk Akcigit, Santiago Caicedo Soler, Ernest Miguelez and Valerio Sterzi)

NBER Working Paper 24466 [Revise and Resubmit at Econometrica], 2018

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Learning and (or) Doing: Human Capital Investments and Optimal Taxation

NBER Working Paper 21381, 2015

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Optimal Income, Education and Bequest Taxes in an Intergenerational Model

NBER Working Paper 21177, 2015

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Publications


2022

How to Run Surveys: A guide to creating your identifying variation and revealing the invisible

A much shortened version focusing on some parts only is forthcoming in the Annual Review of Economics, 2022

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Optimal Taxation and R&D Policies

(with Ufuk Akcigit and Douglas Hanley)

Econometrica 90(2): 645–684 [also NBER Working Paper 22908], 2022

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• Supplementary Material

• Data and codes

Immigration and Redistribution

(with Alberto Alesina and Armando Miano)

Review of Economic Studies [also NBER Working Paper 24733], 2022

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• Slides

• Data and codes

Press coverage: New York Times (June 2018) , Project Syndicate , Corriere della Sera , VoxEU , New York Times (December 2018)

Eliciting People's First-Order Concerns: Text Analysis of Open-Ended Survey Questions

(with Beatrice Ferrario)

American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings, 112: 163-69 [also NBER working paper 29686], 2022

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• Data and codes

Taxation and Innovation in the 20th Century

(with Ufuk Akcigit, John R. Grigsby and Tom Nicholas)

Quarterly Journal of Economics 137(1): 329–385 [also NBER Working Paper 24982], 2022

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• Online Appendix

• Data and codes

Press coverage: VoxEU

The Effects of Taxes on Innovation: Theory and Empirical Evidence

The Economics of Creative Destruction, A festschrift symposium in honor of Philippe Aghion and Peter Howitt [also NBER Working Paper 29359], 2022

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Press coverage: NBER Digest


2021

Trust in Scientists in Times of Pandemic: Panel Evidence from 12 Countries

(with Yann Algan, Daniel Cohen, Eva Davoine and Martial Foucault)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118(40), 2021

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Understanding Tax Policy: How do people Reason?

Quarterly Journal of Economics 136(4): 2309–2369 [also NBER Working Paper 27699], 2021

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• Survey Questionnaires

• Online Appendix

• Data and codes

• Understanding Economics Website

Clearing the Bar: Improving Tax Compliance for Small Firms through Target Setting

(with Yazan Al-Karablieh and Evangelos Koumanakos)

Journal of International Economics 130: 103452 [also NBER Working Paper 27770], 2021

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2020

Diversity, Immigration, and Redistribution

(with Alberto Alesina and Armando Miano)

American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings 110: 329-334 [also NBER Working Paper 26620], 2020

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Dynamic Taxation

Annual Review of Economics Vol. 12: 801–831, 2020

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Taxation and Migration: Evidence and Policy Implications

(with Henrik Kleven, Camille Landais, and Mathilde Munoz)

Journal of Economic Perspectives Spring 2020 34(2): 119-142 [also NBER Working Paper 25740], 2020

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The Polarization of Reality

(with Alberto Alesina and Armando Miano)

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 110: 324-328 [also NBER Working Paper 26675], 2020

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Disparities in Coronavirus 2019 Reported Incidence, Knowledge, and Behavior Among US Adults

(with Marcella Alsan, David Yang, and David Cutler)

JAMA Network Open Network 3(6), 2020


2018

A Simpler Theory of Optimal Capital Taxation

(with Emmanuel Saez)

Journal of Public Economics 162: 120-142 [also NBER Working Paper 22664], 2018

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Intergenerational Mobility and Support for Redistribution

(with Alberto Alesina and Edoardo Teso)

American Economic Review 108 (2): 521-554 [also NBER Working Paper 23027], 2018

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• Online Appendix

• Data and codes

• Slides

• Slides for the French National Assembly (June 2019)

Press coverage: Washington Post , Quartz , Fast Company , The Atlantic , VOX , The Economist , Bloomberg , Le Monde , Project Syndicate , Project Syndicate Youtube Video

Optimal Taxation and Human Capital Policies over the Life Cycle

[Lead article] Journal of Political Economy 125 (6): 1931–1990, 2018

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2016

Generalized Social Welfare Weights for Optimal Tax Theory

(with Emmanuel Saez)

American Economic Review 106 (1): 24-45, 2016

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Taxation and the International Mobility of Inventors

(with Ufuk Akcigit and Salome Baslandze)

American Economic Review 106 (10): 2930–2981, 2016

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• Online Appendix

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Press coverage: NBER Digest , The Telegraph , VoxEU , Wall Street Journal


2015

How Elastic are Preferences for Redistribution: Evidence from Randomized Survey Experiments

(with Ilyana Kuziemko, Michael Norton and Emmanuel Saez)

American Economic Review 105 (4): 1478-1508, 2015

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• Online Appendix

• Data and codes

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2014

Optimal Income Taxation with Adverse Selection in the Labour Market

Review of Economic Studies 81: 1296-1329, 2014

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Optimal Taxation of Top Incomes: A Tale of Three Elasticities

(with Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez)

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 6 (1): 230-271, 2014

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• Data

Press coverage: VOX


2013

Optimal Taxation and Human Capital Policies over the Life Cycle

Job Market Paper, 2013

This is a long and comprehensive job market paper version and has now been replaced by two papers: ''Learning and (or) doing: Human Capital Investments and Optimal Taxation'' and ''Optimal Taxation and Human Capital Policies over the Life Cycle.''

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Book Chapters & Policy Papers


2022

Taxation and Innovation: What Do We Know?

(with Ufuk Akcigit)

Innovation and Public Policy, Chapter 6 [also NBER Working Paper 27109], 2022

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Inequalities in the Times of a Pandemic

Economic Policy [also NBER Working Paper 29657], 2022

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2021

Repenser l'héritage [in French]

(with Clément Dherbécourt, Gabrielle Fack and Camille Landais)

Conseil d'Analyse Economique, 2021

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A Policy Matrix for Inclusive Prosperity

(with Dani Rodrik)

NBER Working Paper 28736, 2021

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Perceptions and Preferences for Redistribution

The IFS Deaton Review [also NBER Working Paper 29370], 2021

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Fixing Capitalism’s Good Jobs Problem

(with Dani Rodrik)

Oxford Review of Economic Policy 37(4): 824–837, 2021

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Economic Inequality and Insecurity: Policies for an Inclusive Economy

(with Dani Rodrik)

in Report Prepared for Commission Chaired by Olivier Blanchard and Jean Tirole on Major Future Economic Challenges, France, 2021

Additional Links: Full Report , Summary , Full Report [French] , Summary [French] , Appendix

Why do we not Support more Redistribution? New Explanations from Economics Research

(Eds. Dani Rodrik and Olivier Blanchard, MIT University Press)

in Combating Inequality: Rethinking Policies to Reduce Inequality in Advanced Economies, 2021


2020

Disparities in Coronavirus 2019 Reported Incidence, Knowledge, and Behavior Among US Adults

(with Marcella Alsan, David Yang, and David Cutler)

JAMA Network Open, 2020