September 19, 1954 |
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina
University of Chicago
Russell David "Russ" Roberts (born September 19, 1954) is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution well known for communicating economics to non-economists as host of the EconTalk podcast.
Roberts was awarded a B.A. in economics in 1975 from the University of North Carolina and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1981 for thesis on the design of government transfer programs under the supervision of Gary Becker. 
Roberts has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis (where he was the founding director of what is now the Center for Experiential Learning), the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a regular commentator on business and economics for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and has written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Roberts also blogs at Cafe Hayek with Donald J. Boudreaux at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia. He published the novel The Invisible Heart which conveys economic ideas in the context of a narrative. In 2008, Roberts released another novel, The Price of Everything, which addresses concepts such as spontaneous order, price gouging, and market economics in crisis situations.
- The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (1st ed.). Prentice Hall. 1994. ISBN 0-13-083008-9. OCLC 29357777.
- The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (3rd ed.). Prentice Hall. 2006. ISBN 0-13-143354-7. OCLC 70839758.
- The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance (1st ed.). MIT Press. 2002. ISBN 0-26-268135-8. OCLC 44413917.
- The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (1st ed.). Princeton University Press. 2008. ISBN 0-691-14335-8. OCLC 231587398.
- Gambling with other people's money: how perverted incentives caused the financial crisis. Legatum Institute. 2010. ISBN 1-90-740906-8. OCLC 751698980.
Articles and papers
- "Working Papers in Economics": Domestic Studies Program (Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace):
- Financing Public Goods. no. E-86-9. 1986. OCLC 39865959.
- Subsidies to Private Spending on Public Goods. no. E-88-22. 1988. OCLC 22871627.
- "A Positive Model of Private Charity and Public Transfers". Journal of Political Economy 92 (1): 136–148. February 1984. doi:10.1086/261212. ISSN 0022-3808. OCLC 4642344583 and 4909122660
- "A Taxonomy of Public Provision". Public Choice 47 (1): 267–303. 1985. doi:10.1007/BF00119360. ISSN 0048-5829. OCLC 4896262400, 12661266 and 4670565023
- "Recipient Preferences and the Design of Government Transfer Programs". Journal of Law and Economics 28 (1): 27–54. April 1985. doi:10.1086/467074. ISSN 0022-2186. OCLC 4645633697 and 4894164421
- "Why Comply: One-Sided Enforcement of Price Controls and Victimless Crime Laws". Journal of Legal Studies 18 (2). 1989. ISSN 0047-2530. OCLC 4644767691.
- With John R. Lott. "A Guide to the Pitfalls of Identifying Price Discrimination". Economic Inquiry 29 (1): 14–23. 1991. doi:10.1111/j.1465-7295.1991.tb01249.x. ISSN 0095-2583. OCLC 4636562702.
- "When Does a Decrease in a Distortion Increase Welfare?". Economic Letters 39 (1): 37–42. 1992. doi:10.1016/0165-1765(92)90098-J. ISSN 0165-1765. OCLC 4929946941.
- "Velasquez-Manoff on Autoimmune Disease, Parasites, and Complexity". EconTalk. Retrieved 5 March 2014. "I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1954."
- "Birthday thoughts". EconLog. September 19, 2011. "I turned 57 today"
- Hoover Institute, Research Fellows, Russell Roberts bio
- Russ Roberts (5 September 2012). "Joining Hoover full-time". Cafe Hayek. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
- The Guardian "Praise of EconTalk"
- EconTalk, hosted by Russ Roberts
- A positive analysis of the design of government transfer programs
- "Russ Roberts' CV". Mercatus Center, George Mason University. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "Chris Anderson on Makers and Manufacturing". EconTalk. Retrieved 1 January 2013. "I remember when Gary Becker, my adviser in graduate school wrote a book"
- "Gary Becker, RIP". Cafe Hayek. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- Cafe Hayek
- Roberts, Russ. "Russ Roberts Podcasts". EconTalk. Library of Economics and Liberty. – a listing of EconTalk episodes in which Roberts is the principal speaker
- Robert's bio at the Mercatus Center
- NPR Commentary, "Economist: Don't Jump the Gun on Stimulus Plans"
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Roberts and John Papola about Fear the Boom and the Bust and The Fight of the Century, June 26, 2011