Baker Institute Rice scholars George Zodrow and Peter Mieszkowski have won top honors from the National Tax Association (NTA).
The NTA is the premier U.S. organization of specialists in government tax and expenditure policies and includes economists in academia, government and the private sector, as well as lawyers, accountants and other specialists in the field.
Zodrow, who also holds the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics at Rice, received the Steven D. Gold Award, awarded annually to professionals who have made "significant contributions to state and local fiscal policy and whose work reflects Steve Gold"s remarkable ability to span the interests of scholars, practitioners, policymakers and advocates with integrity and evenhandedness."
The Daniel M. Holland Medal, with which Mieszkowski, a Rice professor emeritus of economics, was honored, is awarded for outstanding contributions to the study and practice of public finance. Holland, a former professor of economics at MIT, had "a lifelong interest in all aspects of public finance." The NTA"s website explains, "He was a researcher and teacher with an interest in stimulating knowledge in the field. He was a practitioner who played a role in the implementation of fiscal reform."