I study issues at the intersection of public economics, behavioral economics, and normative economics. My work studies the use of taxes both for reducing inequality and as an instrument to change behavior. Recent projects explore the use of work subsidies such as the Earned Income Tax Credit to accomplish redistribution while encouraging work, and the growing use of soda and sweetened beverage taxes to improve health outcomes. I also have work studying the use of income taxes to encourage talented individuals to pursue professions beneficial to society.
Email: ben.lockwood at wharton.upenn.edu
Normative Ethics and Welfare Economics Conference, which I co-organized and hosted at Penn.