Zachary Liscow

Associate Professor,
Yale Law School 

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Research Interests

  • Tax Law and Policy
  • Urban Economics
  • Law and Economics
  • Empirical Legal Studies
  • Environmental Law


  • B.A., Harvard College, 2005
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (Economics), 2012
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 2015



Working Papers
  • Inequality Snowballing (with Daniel Giraldo) [pdf]
Published and Forthcoming Papers
  • Does Legal Status Matter for Educational Choices? Evidence from Immigrant Teenagers (with William Gui Woolston), 20 American Law and Economics Review 318 (2018) [pdf]
  • Beyond Head of Household: Rethinking the Taxation of Single Parents (with Jacob Goldin), 71 Tax Law Review 367 (2018) [pdf]
  • Are Court Orders Sticky? Evidence on Distributional Impacts from School Finance Litigation, 15 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 4 (2018) [pdf] [online appendix]
  • The Efficiency of Equity in Local Government Finance, 92 N.Y.U. Law Review 1828 (2017) [pdf]
  • Who's In? Who's Out? Policy to Address Job Rationing During Recessions (with William Gui Woolston), 70 Tax Law Review 627 (2017) [pdf]
  • Note, Reducing Inequality on the Cheap: When Legal Rule Design Should Incorporate Equity as Well as Efficiency, 127 Yale Law Journal 2478 (2014) [pdf]
  • Do Property Rights Promote Investment But Cause Deforestation?  Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Nicaragua, 65 Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 241 (2013) [pdf]
  • Why Oppose Secession? Evidence of Economic Motivations from the American Civil War, 153 Public Choice 37 (2012) [pdf]