Prof. Zax has four current research interests. The first is the analysis of inequality in urban China. The second is the economic contents and implications of surnames. The third is in the analysis of the relationships between IQ, high school performance and personal experience and adult outcomes. The fourth is in inequality in the United States, especially as addressed through comparable worth policies and exhibited through residential segregation.
regional inequality in China, housing and inequality in urban China, the effects of cognitive skills, the economic content of surnames, appearance and high school performance on adult outcomes, comparable worth policies, residential segregation
ECON 2020 - Principles of Macroeconomics
Provides an overview of the economy, examining the flows of resources and outputs and the factors determining the levels of income and prices. Explores policy problems of inflation, unemployment and economic growth.
ECON 4231 - Applied Economic Analysis and Public Policy
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Applies economic analysis to current issues of public policy. Reviews basic public finance and economic justifications for government action. Examines structure and procedures of Colorado State Legislature. Chooses current legislative issues, reviews relevant economic literature and applies implications through briefing papers and testimony at legislative hearings. Explores the challenges of integrating informed economic analysis into legislative process.
ECON 4626 - The Economics of Inequality and Discrimination
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Spring 2021
Examines the unique insights available through economic analysis regarding the causes, mechanisms, and consequences of inequality and discrimination. Examines the extent of inequality, the varieties and extents of discrimination, and explores the economic models that suggest explanations.