University of Wisconsin–Madison

James Ziliak

Professor and Carol Martin Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics
Founding Director, Center for Poverty Research

Department of Economics
University of Kentucky

James Ziliak is the Carol Martin Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics, Founding Director of the Center for Poverty Research, and Founding Executive Director of the Kentucky Federal Statistical Research Data Center at the University of Kentucky. His research interests are in the areas of labor and public economics, with a special emphasis on U.S. tax and transfer programs, poverty measurement and policy, food insecurity, and inequality. Recent projects include trends in earnings and income volatility; the origins of persistently poor regions in America; and the effect of survey nonresponse on the level and trends in poverty and inequality.

James Ziliak's Research Interests

  • Incentive and insurance effects of U.S. tax and welfare programs
  • Poverty measurement
  • Food insecurity

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