Research Assistant for Professor Ioana Marinescu
Professor Ioana Marinescu seeks an undergraduate student to assist with her carbon tax and basic income research. Duties will include tasks such as literature review, web search, and basic data work.
Once hired, the position will begin immediately.
The universal basic income (UBI) is a promising policy innovation that many scholars and pundits have hailed as a solution to improve economic security in the face of growing threats to employment from technology and globalization. However, a universal basic income is expensive and gridlock at the national level means such a proposal will be hard to pass. This suggests a transition to the state level as a solution. A state carbon tax and dividend can offer a politically palatable alternative. This policy taxes carbon and returns the revenue to all residents in the form of cash on an equal per capita basis. Such a policy is appealing because it has bipartisan support among experts, and it polls well already at the national level.
Furthermore, existing research shows that the carbon tax and dividend is progressive because higher income people use more carbon than lower income people. Therefore, while higher income people receive the same dividend as lower income people, they bear a higher carbon tax burden.
Overall, the carbon tax and dividend allows us to achieve two objectives at the same time: reduce pollution and provide a universal basic income in ways that could be appealing to people who oppose other types of redistribution.
How to Apply
Email a cover letter and resume to Professor Marinescu (email@example.com).