11/20 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler – Vice-Provost for Faculty and Full Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

“Do Tax Progressivity and Transfers Encourage Risk Taking?  Impacts on Labor Mobility”


Adriana Kugler is Vice-Provost for Faculty and Full Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She was founder and Co-director of the International Summer Institute on Policy Evaluation between 2010-2013. She served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor in 2011 and 2012. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she was Full and Associate Professor at the economics departments at the University of Houston and at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.   Professor Kugler earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and her Joint BA in Economics and Political Science with First Class Honors from McGill University in Canada in 1991.

Dr. Kugler will discuss her research looking at the insurance value of progressive taxation and transfer programs, as well as their impacts on risk taking and labor mobility. She and her co-author, Ammar Farooq of Georgetown University, exploit the variation in taxes and the Medicaid and Temporary Aid to Needy Families income thresholds across states and over time during the 1990s and 2000s. They find that progressive taxation and higher Medicaid thresholds increase occupational and geographical mobility. In addition, higher Medicaid thresholds increase mobility between self-employment and wage employment, thus encouraging entrepreneurship. On the other hand, higher Medicaid thresholds decrease mobility from self-employment into self-employment, allowing some who would not otherwise be able to afford it to hold on to their businesses. Women and minorities are most impacted in terms of geographical decisions and transitions into self-employment, while men are most affected in terms of occupational decisions.

The lunch is 12:00 noon to 1:30pm at Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW Washington, DC. Metro stop: Gallery Place. The cost is $16 Members, $16 Affiliated, $25 Non Members . This luncheon is a joint event with the NEC.

To register for the lunch with Adriana Kugler on Thursday, November 20th, 2014, please go to The National Economists Club and use the code “AFFILIATED”.