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.
Stephen Redding, Harold T. Shapiro *64 Professor in Economics in the Economics Department and School of Public and International Affairs, is the 2021-2022 Nicholas J. Nicholas Jr. Fellow. Redding also is director of the International Trade and Investment (ITI) Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). Prior to joining Princeton University, he was a Professor in Economics at the London School of Economics and the Yale School of Management. His research interests include international trade, economic geography, and productivity growth. Recent work has been concerned with heterogeneous firms, multi-product firms, the distributional consequences of globalization, agglomeration forces, and transport infrastructure improvements. He was awarded the Frisch Medal in 2018, the Bhagwati Prize in 2017, a Global Economic Affairs Prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2008, and a Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowship during 2001-4. Redding received his D.Phil. in Economics from Nuffield College, University of Oxford and his First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
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.