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James P. Ziliak


James P. 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 from 1993-2002, and has held visiting positions at the Brookings Institution, University College London, University of Michigan, and University of Wisconsin.  During the 2015-2016 academic year he will be Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and Visiting Professor at University College London.

His research expertise is in the area of labor economics, with particular emphasis on U.S. poverty, food insecurity, and tax and transfer policy. Recent projects include trends in earnings and income volatility; the origins of persistently poor regions in America; the causes and consequences of food insecurity; and the effect of survey nonresponse on the level and trends in poverty and inequality.  He currently is the PI on the Research Program in Childhood Hunger, funded by the Food and Nutrition Service in the USDA, as well as the FoodAPS Research Initiative and Understanding SNAP and Food Security among Low-Income Households, both funded by the Economic Research Service in the USDA. He served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments, and as Chair of the National Academies of Science, Committee on National Statistics Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities on the Causes and Consequences of Child Hunger.  He is co-editor of the forthcoming book SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well Being at Stanford University Press, and editor of Welfare Reform and its Long Term Consequences for America’s Poor published by Cambridge University Press (2009) and Appalachian Legacy: Economic Opportunity after the War on Poverty published by Brookings Institution Press (2012).