Zachary Liscow

Associate Professor,
Yale Law School (starting July 2016)

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Research Interests

  • Tax Law
  • Tax Policy
  • Law and Economics
  • Empirical Legal Studies
  • Local Government Law
  • Environmental Law


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


Published Papers
  • 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]


Working Papers

  • Beyond Head of Household: Rethinking the Taxation of Single Parents (with Jacob Goldin) [pdf]
  • Are Court Orders Responsible for the “Return to the City”? The Consequence of School Finance Litigation [pdf]
  • Counter-Cyclical Bankruptcy Law: An Efficiency Argument for Employment-Preserving Bankruptcy Rules, Columbia Law Review (Forthcoming) [pdf]
  • How Income Taxes Should Change during Recessions (with William Gui Woolston) [pdf]