Postdoctoral Scholar

About Jacob Bastian

Jacob Bastian is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. His research focuses on how public policy can reduce poverty, increase economic opportunity, and encourage egalitarian social attitudes. Specifically, his current research looks at the Earned Income Tax Credit and finds that this program helped lead to the rise of working mothers in the 1970s (PDF), improved the education and employment outcomes of children of EITC recipients (PDF), changed social attitudes about the role of women in society (PDF), and had positive effects on marriage and fertility (PDF). 

Jacob's dissertation was chosen as a winner of the 2017 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertations in Government Finance and Taxation by the National Tax Association.

His research fields include labor and public economics, economic demography, and economic history. Before at the University of Chicago, Jacob completed a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Michigan, as well as an M.A. in Economics at New York University and a B.A. in Mathematics.