This is an interesting profile of Raj Chetty, 2013 Clark Medal Recipient, by Martin Feldstein, and covers taxation and education, two large areas of his work.
“He has established himself in a few short years as arguably the best applied microeconomist of his generation.”A bit about his research on education:
Their first dramatic finding was that kindergarten test scores are highly correlated with adult outcomes, including college attendance and earnings, at age 27. This analysis also showed that students who were randomly assigned to small classes, as well as students with more experienced teachers, had higher earnings later in life. (p. 150)Chetty's “textbook” of public economics is here.