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James P. Ziliak

 

Center for Poverty Research

Mathews Building, Suite 300

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY  40506-0047

 

Phone: (859) 257-6902

Fax:  (859) 257-6959

Email: jziliak@uky.edu

 

 

Education

 

Ph.D., Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1993

M.A., Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1990

B.S., Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1988

B.A., Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1988

 

Employment

Professor and Carol Martin Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics, Department of Economics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2002–present

Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, University College London, January 2009 – June 2009

Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, August 2008 – December 2008

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1999–2002

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2000–2001

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997–1998

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1993–1999    

Professional Appointments

Founding Director, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, 2002–present

Co-Editor, Economic Inquiry, 2012-present  

Co-Editor, Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics, 2011–present 

Associate Editor, Journal of Labor Economics, 2009–present

Chair, Board of Overseers, Panel Study of Income Dynamics, 2013–present. Member 2011-13.

Chair, Steering Committee on Research Gaps and Opportunities on the Causes and Consequences of Child Hunger: A Workshop, The National Academies, 2013

Member, Committee on Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies, 2012

Senior Research Affiliate, National Poverty Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2003–present

Research Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2000–present

Visiting Scholar, Andrew Young School of Public Policy, Georgia State University, March 2008

Visiting Scholar, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Summer 2006

 

Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Labor Economics, Special Issue on “Program Evaluation, Human Capital, and Labor Market Public Policy: A Research Conference in Honor of Mark C. Berger,” Volume 24, Issue 3, July 2006

 

Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Human Resources, Supplemental Issue on “Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance Programs,” Volume 38, 2003


Advisory Board, Poverty, Income Distribution, and Income Assistance, Social Insurance Research Network, 2004–present

Research Affiliate, Joint Center for Poverty Research, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1999–present

Research Associate, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1999–2000

Grants and Honors


Principal Investigator, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Understanding SNAP and Food Security Among Low-Income Households,” 2013-2016, $400,000

Principal Investigator, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Understanding Geographic Factors in Food Consumption Decisions,” Subcontract with University of Illinois, 2013-2016, $300,000

Principal Investigator, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “The New Safety Net: Why SNAP Matters,” 2013-2015, $50,000.

Principal Investigator, Ford Foundation, Grant to support UKCPR-IRP Conference Five Decades of Food Stamps, 2013, $10,000

Principal Investigator, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Grant to support UKCPR-IRP Conference Five Decades of Food Stamps, 2013, $20,000

Principal Investigator, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Research Program on Childhood Hunger,” with Craig Gundersen, 2010–2015, $6,499,983.

 

Principal Investigator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Renewal of “University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research,” 2010–2011, $600,000

Co-Principal Investigator, The Merck Foundation, Grant to the Center for Poverty Research for “Grandparents, Grandchildren, and Hunger in the U.S.: Assessing Food Insecurity in Multigenerational Households,” with Craig Gundersen, 2010-2012, $155,824

Co-Principal Investigator, Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation, Grant to the Center for Poverty Research for “Update on Senior Hunger in America,” with Craig Gundersen, 2008-2009, $107,804

 

Principal Investigator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Renewal of “University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research,” 2008–2010, $986,016

 

Principal Investigator, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Commonwealth of Kentucky, “Child Care Subsidies and the Economic Well-Being of Recipient Families: A Survey and Implications for Kentucky,” 2008, $21,600

 

Robertson Faculty Research Leadership Award, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky, 2008

 

Co-Principal Investigator, Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation, Grant to the Center for Poverty Research for “The Causes, Consequences, and Future of Senior Hunger in America,” with Craig Gundersen, 2007-2008, $202,375

 

Principal Investigator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Supplemental Grant to the Center for Poverty Research for the “HBCU, 1890, and Tribal Colleges and Universities Medicare Part D Grant Program,” 2007, $150,000

 

Co-Principal Investigator, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Grant to the Center for Poverty Research for “Understanding Earnings Inequality in Appalachia: Skill Upgrading versus Rising Returns to Skill,” with Christopher Bollinger and Kenneth Troske, 2006-2007, $79,610

 

Principal Investigator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Supplemental Grant to the Center for Poverty Research for the “HBCU, 1890, and Tribal Colleges and Universities Medicare Part D Grant Program,” 2006, $150,000

 

Principal Investigator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Renewal of “University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research,” 2005–2008, $1.75 million

 

Principal Investigator, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Effective Tax Rates and Guarantees and Food Stamp Program Participation,” 2005–2007, $156,108

 

Principal Investigator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research,” 2002–2005, $1.17 million

 

Principal Investigator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Supplemental Grant to the Center for Poverty Research for the “HBCU, 1890, and Tribal Colleges and Universities Small Grant Program,” 2004, $100,000

 

Conference Grant, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, “Mark C. Berger Memorial Research Conference,” to Center for Poverty Research, October 2004, $10,000

 

Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, 2003–present

 

Conference Grant, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Co-organizer of a conference “Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance Programs,” through the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin–Madison, May 2002, $129,000

 

Honorarium, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Commissioned Paper for the Conference on Evaluations of State TANF Programs, April 2002, $5000

 

Member, Expert Panel on Measuring the Extent of Food Stamp Trafficking Using EBT Data, Convened by ORC/Macro International, Inc. and the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, February 2002, $1500

 

Principal Investigator, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “The Evolution of the Food Stamp Program in Consumption Stabilization,” with Craig Gundersen, 2001–2002, $39,393

 

Co-Principal Investigator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “TANF and Household Saving,” with Erik Hurst, 2000–2001, $92,555

 

Consultant, Wisconsin Works Child Support Demonstration Evaluation, Principal Investigators: Daniel Meyer and Maria Cancian, 2000, $24,000

 

Principal Investigator, Cooperative Research Grant, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Poverty and Macroeconomic Performance Across Space, Race, and Family Structure,” with Craig Gundersen, 2000–2001, $15,000

 

Honorarium, Lasker Charitable Trust, “Estimating the Value of Health Improvements in Oregon and Washington,” with Rajiv Sharma and Robert Rosenman, 2000, $5000

 

Honorarium, Joint Center for Poverty Research and Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Geographic Differences in AFDC and Food Stamp Caseloads in the Welfare Reform Era,” with David Figlio, 2000, $2000

 

Co-Principal Investigator, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “The Impact of Welfare Reform and the Macroeconomy on Food Stamp Caseloads and Expenditures,” with David Figlio, 1999–2000, $75,000

 

Honorarium, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Joint Center for Poverty Research, “Welfare Reform, the Business Cycle, and the Decline in AFDC Caseloads,” with David Figlio, 1998, $8000

 

Summer Research Grant, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, University of Oregon, 1996, $4000

 

Junior Professorship Development Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon, 1995–1997, $3000

 

Honorable Mention, Outstanding Dissertation Prize, National Tax Association, 1993

 

Henry Oliver Memorial Prize, Best Student in Economic Theory, Indiana University, 1992

 

Publications


Hokayem, Charles, and James P. Ziliak. 2014. “Health, Human Capital, and Life Cycle Labor Supply.” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings.


Hardy, Bradley, and James P. Ziliak. 2014. “Decomposing Trends in Income Volatility: The ‘Wild Ride’ at the Top and Bottom.” Economic Inquiry 52(1): 459-476.


Islam, Tonmoy, Jenny Minier, and James P. Ziliak. (Forthcoming). “On Persistent Poverty in a Rich Country.” Southern Economic Journal.


Kniesner, Thomas J., and James P. Ziliak. (Forthcoming). “Panel Econometrics of Labor Market Outcomes,” In The Oxford Handbook of Panel Econometrics, Badi Baltagi (ed.).


Kniesner, Thomas K., W. Kip Viscusi, and James P. Ziliak. (Forthcoming). “Willingness to Accept Equals Willingness to Pay for Labor Market Estimates of the Value of Statistical Life,” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty (IZA Discussion Paper 6816).


Kniesner, Thomas J., W. Kip Viscusi, Christopher Woock, and James P. Ziliak. 2012. “The Value of a Statistical Life: Evidence from Panel Data.” The Review of Economics and Statistics 94(1): 74-87.


Ziliak, James P. 2012. Appalachian Legacy: Economic Opportunity after the War on Poverty. Editor, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press. http://www.brookings.edu/press/books/2012/appalachianlegacy.aspx

Ziliak, James P. 2012. “The Appalachian Regional Development Act and Economic Change.” In Appalachian Legacy: Economic Opportunity after the War on Poverty, James P. Ziliak (ed.), Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Ziliak, James P., Bradley Hardy, and Christopher Bollinger. 2011. “Earnings Volatility in America: Evidence from Matched CPS.” Labour Economics 18(6): 742-754.

Bollinger, Christopher, James P. Ziliak, and Kenneth R. Troske. 2011. “Down from the Mountain: Skill Upgrading and Wages in Appalachia.” Journal of Labor Economics 29(4): 819-857.

Ziliak, James P. 2011. “Some Reflections on Teaching the Economics of Poverty.” In International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, KimMarie McGoldrick and Gail Hoyt (eds.), Chapter 62, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Kniesner, Thomas J., W. Kip Viscusi, and James P. Ziliak. 2010. “Policy Relevant Heterogeneity in the Value of a Statistical Life: Evidence from Panel Quantile Regressions,” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 40(1): 15-31.

Ziliak, James P. 2009. Welfare Reform and its Long-Term Consequences for America’s Poor, Editor, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item2428054/?site_locale=en_US

 

Bollinger, Christopher, Luis Gonzalez, and James P. Ziliak. 2009. “Welfare Reform and the Level and Composition of Income.” In Welfare Reform and its Long-Term Consequences for America’s Poor, James P. Ziliak, ed, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 59-103.

 

Ziliak, James P. 2008. “Filling the Poverty Gap, Then and Now.” In Frontiers of Family Economics Vol. 1, Peter Rupert, ed., Emerald Publishing Group, 39-114.

 

Jolliffe, Dean, and James P. Ziliak. 2008. Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, Co-Editors, Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute.

 

Gundersen, Craig, and James P. Ziliak. 2008. “The Age Gradient in Food Stamp Program Participation:  Does Income Volatility Matter?” In Income Volatility and Food Assistance in the United States, Dean Jolliffe and James P. Ziliak, eds., Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute.

 

Heflin, Colleen, and James P. Ziliak. 2008. “Food Insufficiency, Food Stamp Participation, and Mental Health.” Social Science Quarterly 89(3): 706-727.

 

Kniesner, Thomas J. and James P. Ziliak. 2008. “Evidence of Tax Induced Individual Behavioral Responses.” Fundamental Tax Reform: Issue, Choices, and Implications, John W. Diamond and George R. Zodrow, eds., Cambridge MA: MIT Press, pp. 375–411.

 

Ziliak, James P. 2007. “Making Work Pay: Changes in Effective Tax Rates and Guarantees in U.S. Transfer Programs, 1983–2002,” Journal of Human Resources, 42(3): 619–642.

 

Johnson, William R., and James P. Ziliak. 2006. “Introduction,” Journal of Labor Economics, 24(3): 379–384.

 

Hurst, Erik, and James P. Ziliak. 2006. “Do Welfare Asset Limits Affect Household Saving? Evidence from Welfare Reform,” Journal of Human Resources, 41(1): 46–71.

 

Ziliak, James P. 2006. “Understanding Poverty Rates and Gaps: Concepts, Trends, and Challenges,” Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics, 1(3): 127–199.

 

Kniesner, Thomas J., W. Kip Viscusi, and James P. Ziliak. 2006. “Life-Cycle Consumption and the Age-Adjusted Value of Life,” Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy, 5(1): Article 4.

 

Ziliak, James P., and Thomas J. Kniesner. 2005. “The Effect of Income Taxation on Consumption and Labor Supply,” Journal of Labor Economics, 23(4): 769–796. Reprinted in Recent Developments in Labor Economics, John T. Addison (ed.), UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Forthcoming.

 

Gundersen, Craig, and James P. Ziliak. 2004.  “Poverty and Macroeconomic Performance Across Space, Race, and Family Structure,” Demography 41(1): 61–86.

 

Scholz, John Karl, and James P. Ziliak. 2003. “Introduction to the Special Issue on Income Volatility and Implications for Food Assistance Programs,” Journal of Human Resources 38(Supplement): 1029–1031.

 

Gundersen, Craig, and James P. Ziliak. 2003. “The Role of Food Stamps in Consumption Stabilization,” Journal of Human Resources 38(Supplement): 1051–1079.

 

Ziliak, James P. 2003. “Income Transfers and Assets of the Poor,” Review of Economics and Statistics 85(1): 63–76.

 

Ziliak, James P., Craig Gundersen, and David Figlio. 2003. “Food Stamp Caseloads Over the Business Cycle,” Southern Economic Journal 69(4): 903–919. Honorable mention for 17th Annual Georgescu-Rogen Prize for Best Paper in the Southern Economic Journal.

 

Kniesner, Thomas J., and James P. Ziliak. 2002. “Tax Reform and Automatic Stabilization,” The American Economic Review 92(3): 590–612.

 

Kniesner, Thomas J., and James P. Ziliak. 2002. “Explicit Versus Implicit Income Insurance,” Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 25(1): 5–20.

 

Kahn, Charles, Emilson Silva, and James P. Ziliak. 2001. “Performance-Based Wages in Tax Collection: The Brazilian Tax Reform and its Effects,” The Economic Journal 111(468): 188–205.

 

McDowell, John, Larry D. Singell, Jr., and James P. Ziliak. 2001. “Gender and Promotion in the Economics Profession,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 54(2): 224–244.

 

Ziliak, James P., David Figlio, Elizabeth Davis, and Laura Connolly. 2000. “Accounting for the Decline in AFDC Caseloads: Welfare Reform or the Economy?,” Journal of Human Resources 35(3): 570–586.

 

Figlio, David, Craig Gundersen, and James P. Ziliak. 2000. “The Effects of the Macroeconomy and Welfare Reform on Food Stamp Caseloads,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 82(3): 635–641.

 

Ziliak, James P., and Thomas J. Kniesner. 1999. “Estimating Life-Cycle Labor Supply Tax Effects,” Journal of Political Economy 107(2): 326–359.

 

McDowell, John, Larry D. Singell, Jr., and James P. Ziliak. 1999. “Cracks in the Glass Ceiling: Gender and Promotion in the Economics Profession,” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 89(2): 392–396.

 

Ziliak, James P., Beth Wilson, and Joe Stone. 1999. “Spatial Dynamics and Heterogeneity in the Cyclicality of Real Wages,” Review of Economics and Statistics 81(2): 227–236.

 

Figlio, David, and James P. Ziliak. 1999. “Welfare Reform, the Business Cycle, and the Decline in AFDC Caseloads,” In Economic Conditions and Welfare Reform, ed. Sheldon Danziger, Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn Institute For Employment Research, 17–48.

 

Ziliak, James P. 1999. “Taxes and Labor Supply,” In Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy, eds. Joseph Cordes, Robert Ebel, and Jane Gravelle, Washington D.C.: Urban Institute Press.

 

Ziliak, James P. 1998.  “Does the Choice of Consumption Measure Matter?  An application to the permanent-income hypothesis,” Journal of Monetary Economics 41(1): 201–216.

 

Ziliak, James P., and Thomas J. Kniesner. 1998. “The Importance of Sample Attrition in Life-Cycle Labor Supply Estimation,” Journal of Human Resources 33(2): 507–530.

 

Kniesner, Thomas J., and James P. Ziliak. 1998. The Effects of Recent Tax Reforms on Labor Supply, Washington, D.C.:  American Enterprise Institute.

 

Ziliak, James P. 1997.  “Efficient Estimation with Panel Data when Instruments are Predetermined:  An Empirical Comparison of Moment-Condition Estimators,” Journal of Business and Economic Statistics 15(4): 419–431.  Reprinted in Recent Developments in the Econometrics of Panel Data, Volume 1, Badi Baltagi (ed.), UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2002

 

Ziliak, James P. 1993. “Three Essays on the Effect of Taxes and Tax Reform on Life-Cycle Labor Supply,” National Tax Association: Papers and Proceedings, 122–128.

 

McCarthy, Patrick S., and James P. Ziliak. 1990. “The Effect of MADD on Drinking-Driving Activities: an empirical study,” Applied Economics 22(9): 1215–1228.

 

Marshall, Harvey, C. Michael Schwartz, and James P. Ziliak. 1988. “Agricultural Export Specialization and Economic Growth,” Sociological Focus 21(2): 113–126.

 

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