Hi, I'm Zach.

My research focuses on the measurement, causes, and consequences of poverty and social inequality across the United States and European Union. 

I am currently an Associate Professor of Social Policy at Bocconi University in Milan, and a Senior Research Fellow at Columbia University's Center on Poverty and Social Policy. At Bocconi, I direct the ExpPov Poverty and Inequality Research Lab, funded by an ERC Starting Grant.

My work has appeared in journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, American Sociological Review, AEA: Papers & Proceedings, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, Demography, and elsewhere. Moreover, my research has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, CNN, in a U.S. presidential debate, and in other outlets.

To be in touch, please email me at zachparolin@gmail.com

New Book:  Poverty in the Pandemic: Policy Lessons from COVID-19 hit bookshelves on September 1, 2023. Read more about the book, or watch recordings of the launch events with New York Times journalist Jason DeParle and The Economist journalist Idrees Kahloon, at this link. Read Matthew Desmond's review of the book in The New York Review of Books here.

Selected Publications

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