Established in 1997 by Irving Louis Horowitz and Mary E. Curtis, The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy supports the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences. It provides grants to aspiring Ph.D students at the dissertation level to support the research they are undertaking for their projects.
There were 678 applicants and Kang is one of 25 winners, many of whom hail from prestigious universities around the world, such as Harvard and Oxford.
Hyein Kang is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests are labor and public economics, with a special interest in female labor supply, inequality, child care assistance, and understanding the impacts of government policies on low-income families. Previously, she served as a Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. Kang’s recent project examines the impact of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) on labor supply of single and married mothers. The project uses simulated tax benefits, benefit generosity changes, and an event study technique to understand how child-rearing subsidies affected maternal labor supply behavior.