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James P. Ziliak

James P. Ziliak

Research Fellow


Ph.D. Economics, Indiana University, 1993
B.S. Economics, Purdue University, 1988
B.A. Sociology, Purdue University, 1988

James P. Ziliak holds the Carol Martin Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics and University Research Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky. He currently serves as Department Chair and as Founding Director of the Center for Poverty Research. Ziliak has held visiting positions at the Brookings Institution, Russell Sage Foundation, University College London, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin. His research expertise is in the areas of labor economics, poverty, food insecurity, and tax and transfer policy. He currently serves as Chair of the National Academies of Science Committee on National Statistics Panel on the Supplemental Poverty Measure, and previously served as Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Chair of the National Academies of Science Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities on the Causes and Consequences of Child Hunger, and as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments. He received a BS degree in economics and BA degree in sociology from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University.

Academic outputs

Journal article
This paper examines the major changes to the face of poverty in Great Britain over the past few decades, assessing the role of policy, and compares and contrasts this with the patterns seen in the United States, using harmonised household survey data.
Journal article
We study household income inequality in both Great Britain and the United States and the interplay between labour market earnings and the tax system.

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