Established in 1995 from a gift of Michael J. Moore, MA ’82 econ; PhD ’84 econ, to fully endow the Michael J. Moore Dissertation Fellowship in Economics.The Moore Dissertation Prize is a $1,000 award presented annually to support the research phase of the dissertation process. The student's topic must belong to the general area of Applied Microeconomics and must involve both empirical analysis and issues of public policy as an essential part of the research agenda. If no paper reaches this threshold of excellence, no award is given.
Jacob Bastian’s research focuses on issues related to US poverty in labor and public economics, economic demography, and economic history. Bastian’s current work is on the Earned Income Tax Credit and how it has increased female labor supply, narrowed the gender wage gap, improved the education and employment outcomes of the next generation, and changed social norms and beliefs about the proper role of women in society. Bastian’s research also shows that the EITC has had a positive effect on marriage and fertility.
Bastian is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University of Michigan. Bastian received his B.A. in Mathematics from Azusa Pacific University in 2002 and his M.A. in Economics in 2010 from New York University. Prior to pursuing graduate work in economics, Bastian worked as the Program Director of a Los Angeles non-profit. During those years he worked with low-income families and began thinking about the ideas that motivate his current research.