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Elias Ilin

I am Assistant Policy Adviser and Economist in the research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Associate Director of Research of Atlanta Fed's Advancing Careers Initiative.

My research lies at the intersection of public policy, labor economics, and public finance and covers a variety of topics such as optimal taxation, unemployment insurance and economic mobility.

I hold a Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University and a dual B.S. degree in economics from University of London and Moscow Higher School of Economics.

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Policy Rules Database

The Policy Rules Database is an open-source repository that contains up-to-date rules and provisions for all major public assistance programs, taxes, and tax credits in a single easy-to-use database.

Incentives and Disincentives in the U.S. Social Safety Net

The U.S. government policies can affect the incentive of low- and moderate-income families. I study the effects of existing U.S. social safety net programs on labor supply, economic mobility and other decisions such as marriage.

Benefits Cliffs and Effective Marginal Tax Rates

I explore how the structure of the U.S. tax and transfer system - featuring phase-outs as income rise - create disincentives for economic mobility of low- and moderate-income families.

Career Ladder Identifier and Financial Forecaster

Career Ladder Identifier and Financial Forecaster, or CLIFF, is an umbrella for interactive financial planning tools designed to provide information about benefits loss along a career path.

Cost of Living Across the U.S

The Cost of Living Database provides county-level estimates of the cost of living for different family types using a basic set of expenses.

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