Owen Zidar studies public finance topics at the intersection of labor and macroeconomics. His research interests include fiscal policy issues such as the incidence and efficiency costs of corporate taxation, the economic impacts of taxing high-income earners, corporate tax policy and declining labor shares, productivity and taxation, and biased productivity growth and rising healthcare expenditures.
In addition to his research and academic writings, he has written for
the Washington Post Wonkblog and the New York Times Economix blog. Before joining Chicago Booth, Zidar worked as a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers and as an analyst at Bain Capital Ventures. He is currently a faculty research fellow (public economics) at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Zidar holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His predoctoral studies were at Dartmouth College, where he earned a BA, summa cum laude, in economics (high honors).
Zidar joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.