Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics, Rice University; International Research Fellow, Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University; Rice Scholar, Tax and Expenditure Policy Program
George R. Zodrow, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute Rice scholar and the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Economics at Rice University. He also holds an appointment as an international research fellow at the Centre for Business Taxation at Oxford University. He is the recipient of the 2009 Steven D. Gold Award, presented by the National Tax Association for significant contributions to state and local fiscal policy.
Zodrow’s research interests are tax reform in the United States and in developing countries, state and local public finance, and computable general equilibrium models of the effects of tax reforms. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly publications and books on taxation. He is currently editor of the National Tax Journal and has served as editor of the “Policy Watch” section of International Tax and Public Finance. He is the author of “State Sales and Income Taxes” and a co-editor of “Is It Time for Fundamental Tax Reform?” and “United States Tax Reform in the 21st Century.” Zodrow was a visiting economist at the U.S. Treasury Office of Tax Analysis from 1984 to 1985 during the preparation of Treasury I, the precursor to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, and has been involved in tax reform projects in numerous countries, including Aruba, Brazil, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, Russia, Venezuela and Zambia. Zodrow was chair of Rice’s Economics Department from 1995 to 2000 and has served on Rice’s Faculty Council, University Council, and Promotion and Tenure Committee. Zodrow received his doctorate in economics from Princeton University.