Associate Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

237 JR Rabinowitz
Erin Buckley
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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 Woodrow Wilson School. He is also a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Zidar is a public finance economist who studies the effects of tax policy on the outcomes of firms and workers and on the location and scale of economic activity. His research analyzes the effect of taxes on firm and worker location decisions, the incidence and efficiency costs of corporate taxation, the economic impacts of taxing high-income earners, investment tax policy, the impact of state taxes on the U.S. economy, and the ownership and taxation of business activity in the United States. 

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).

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