January 31, 1957 |
|Alma mater||MIT (Ph.D., 1984)
Swarthmore College (A.B., 1979)
Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Miron (//; born 1957) is an American economist. He served as the chairman of the Department of Economics at Boston University from 1992 to 1998, and currently teaches at Harvard University, serving as a Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Harvard's Economics Department.
Miron is an outspoken libertarian. He was one of the 166 economists to sign a letter to congressional leaders in opposition to the bailout plan put forth by the U.S. federal government in response to the global financial crisis of September–October 2008. He advocated that those companies that floundered during the crisis should be bankrupt instead of receiving government help. He has proposed three policy reforms to help the US economy recover from the financial crisis: cutting entitlements, freezing regulation, and replacing the existing tax code with a flat tax on consumption. Miron has also spoken out against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, arguing that it is economically unfeasible and will increase the US deficit; instead, he suggests limiting government intervention is the best way to lower overall health care costs and make health care accessible to the most amount of people. He has studied the effects of drug criminalization for 15 years, and argues that all drugs should be legalized.
- Casebook for Use With Macroeconomics. Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers. 1992. ISBN 978-0-87901-597-8.
- The Economics of Seasonal Cycles. The MIT Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-262-13323-4.
- Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition. Independent Institute. 2004. ISBN 978-0-945999-90-4.
- Libertarianism, from A to Z. Basic Books. 2010. ISBN 978-0-465-01943-4.
- "Top Three Common Myths of Capitalism"
- Fairness.com "Prof. Jeffrey Alan Miron Ph.D.". Fairness.com. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
- Faculty Profile
- Miron, Jeffrey A. (2008-09-29). "Commentary: Bankruptcy, not bailout, is the right answer". CNN. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
- Professor Miron discusses three policy reforms to aid the recovery of the US economy
- Professor Miron discusses US health care reform
- Jeffrey Miron - End The War on Drugs
- "All Drugs Should Be Legalized Immediately, Says Harvard Prof"
- Jeffrey Miron's blog
- Jeffrey Miron at Harvard University Department of Economics
- Jeffrey Miron on Real Law Radio Prof. Miron spoke with Bob DiCello on the legal news talk radio program, Real Law Radio, about the benefits of legalizing marijuana from an economic perspective (Podcasts/Saturday March 27, 2010).