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Evan Soltas

PhD Student, MIT Economics

Twitter: @esoltas

I am a PhD student in economics at MIT. My current research is in the fields of public finance and labor economics.

Until May 2022, I am on leave from MIT to serve as a Staff Economist at the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers. The research below represents my views and not those of the U.S. government.

From 2016 to 2018, I was a graduate student in economics at Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship. I studied economics as well as statistics and machine learning at Princeton as an undergraduate.

My popular writing has appeared in Bloomberg, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Vox. From 2012 to 2014, I co-wrote the daily "Wonkbook" public policy newsletter with Ezra Klein.


"A Natural Experiment on Discrimination in Elections," with David E. Broockman. Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 188 (August 2020): 104201.

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"A Welfare Analysis of Occupational Licensing in U.S. States," with Morris M. Kleiner. Accepted, Review of Economic Studies.

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Working Papers

"The Price of Inclusion: Evidence from Housing Developer Behavior." R&R, Review of Economics and Statistics. Selected as Best Student Paper at the 2020 Urban Economics Association meeting.

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csranks: confidence sets on ranks [Stata program]. Available on the SSC archive.

Census–NAICS 2012 Industry Code Crosswalk. Available on the Harvard Dataverse.

Original Input-Output Table from 1947 Interindustry Relations Study. Available on the Harvard Dataverse.