The Benjamin H. Griswold III, Class of 1933, Center for Economic Policy Studies funds policy-related research projects within Princeton’s Department of Economics. In 1997 Nicholas J. Nicholas Jr., a member of Princeton’s Class of 1962, made a substantial gift to establish the Nicholas J. Nicholas Jr. Fund to offer support for faculty research. As part of this Fund, the Griswold Center for Economic Policy Studies (GCEPS) recognizes annually a Nicholas J. Nicholas Jr. Fellow for their outstanding research in economic policy.
Owen Zidar, Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, is the 2020-2021 Nicholas J. Nicholas Jr. Fellow. Zidar studies the taxation of firms and top earners, local fiscal policy, and the creation and distribution of economic resources. Before Princeton, Zidar worked as an assistant professor of economics at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a staff economist at Council of Economic Advisers, and as an analyst at Bain Capital Ventures. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from Dartmouth College, both in economics. He is a 2018 recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a 2020 recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship. Recent publications include: “Tax Cuts for Whom? Heterogeneous Effects of Income Tax Changes on Growth and Employment,” in the Journal of Political Economy; and “Evaluating State and Local Business Tax Incentives” (with co-author Cailin Slattery), in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Zidar continues researching topics related to capital taxation and state and local economic policy. In one project, he is investigating the links between entrepreneurship and opportunity using U.S. tax data. In a second project, he is evaluating the tax cuts and jobs act as well as prior tax reforms.