James P. Ziliak

Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics, Department of Economics, University of Kentucky; Director, Center for Poverty Research, University of Kentucky

James Ziliak holds the Carol Martin Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics in the Department of Economics and is founding director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky. He served as assistant and associate professor of economics at the University of Oregon, and has held visiting positions at the Brookings Institution, University College London, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin. He currently serves as chair of the board of overseers of the University of Michigan Panel Study of Income Dynamics. His research expertise is in the areas of labor economics, poverty, food insecurity, and tax and transfer policy. Recent projects include trends in earnings and income volatility in the United States, the origins of persistently poor regions in America, the causes and consequences of hunger among older Americans, and the effect of survey nonresponse on the level of and trends in poverty and inequality. He is editor of Welfare Reform and its Long Term Consequences for America’s Poor and Appalachian Legacy: Economic Opportunity after the War on Poverty.