Professor • Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies


Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University, 1984
B.A., Economics, Harvard University, 1976

Research Interests

Segregation; minorities; discrimination; China’s microeconomy; credit markets

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
Business and Economics


Dr. Zax, PhD, Harvard University, 1984, is a professor specializing in labor economics, public economics, and urban economics. He has published papers on the effects of residential segregation on black labor market behavior; the effects of unions in the local sector on wages, employment, and expenditures; and the effects of regulation on the rate of unionization. He is currently studying income determination and inequality, incomes, discrimination and fertility in China, comparable worth policies, military marriage subsidies, and small business credit markets.