Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

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  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Urban Economics
  • taxation of firms and top-earners
  • local fiscal policy
  • The creation and distribution of economic profits
  • Wealth and Income Inequality


Owen Zidar is a Professor of Economics of Economics and Public Affairs in the Princeton University Department of Economics and School of Public and International Affairs. He is also a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics.

Professor Zidar is a public finance economist who studies tax policy and inequality. His research analyzes the effect of state tax incentives on firm and worker location decisions, the incidence and efficiency costs of corporate taxation, the economic impacts of taxing high-income earners, the impact of state taxes on the U.S. economy, and the ownership and taxation of business activity in the United States. His most recent work examines the economic effects of state and local business tax incentives, the measurement of top wealth and income inequality, and the implications of an increase in the share of businesses organized as pass-through entities.

In addition to his research and academic writings, he has written for The Washington Post Wonkblog and The New York Times Economix blog. Before joining Princeton, Zidar worked as an assistant professor at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, and as an analyst at Bain Capital Ventures.

Zidar holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His pre-doctoral studies were at Dartmouth College where he earned a B.A., summa cum laude, in economics (high honors). He is a 2018 recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a 2020 recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship.  

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