Gabriel Zucman Wins John Bates Clark Medal
Gabriel Zucman of the University of California, Berkeley, a research associate in the NBER’s Public Economics Program, has won the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded annually by the American Economic Association to an American economist under the age of 40 who has made a significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.
Zucman has made path-breaking contributions in public finance, using rich new datasets to estimate the importance of both household and corporate tax evasion and its impact on revenues as well as reported income and wealth inequality. He also has pioneered the construction of distributional national accounts that provide critical insights into the share of national income accruing to households in different strata of the income distribution and on the changes in the net-of-tax-and-transfer resource distribution over time.
The prize citation notes that his findings provide "key insights that inform policy debates on the practical design of tax systems around the world." An article by Zucman on International Tax Avoidance by Multinational Firms appeared in a recent edition of the quarterly NBER Reporter.