Russ Roberts

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Russ Roberts
Born (1954-09-19) September 19, 1954 (age 64)[1][2]
Memphis, Tennessee
School or tradition
Chicago School, Austrian School
Alma mater University of Chicago (Ph.D.)
University of North Carolina (B.A.)
Influences Gary Becker
Friedrich Hayek
Milton Friedman

Russell David "Russ" Roberts (born September 19, 1954) is a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution[3][4] well known for communicating economics to non-economists[5] as host of the EconTalk podcast.[6]


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[7][8] under the supervision of Gary Becker.[9][10]


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[11] with Donald J. Boudreaux at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia.[12] 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 Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (CD audio). Princeton, NJ: Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. 2002. OCLC 51110966. 
  • 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. 
  • How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness. Portfolio Hardcover. 2014. ISBN 978-1591846840. OCLC 881681030. 

Articles and papers

See also


  1. "Velasquez-Manoff on Autoimmune Disease, Parasites, and Complexity". EconTalk. Retrieved 5 March 2014. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1954. 
  2. "Birthday thoughts". EconLog. September 19, 2011. I turned 57 today 
  3. Hoover Institute, Research Fellows, Russell Roberts bio
  4. Russ Roberts (5 September 2012). "Joining Hoover full-time". Cafe Hayek. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  5. The Guardian "Praise of EconTalk"
  6. EconTalk, hosted by Russ Roberts
  7. A positive analysis of the design of government transfer programs
  8. "Russ Roberts' CV" (PDF). Mercatus Center, George Mason University. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  9. "Chris Anderson on Makers and Manufacturing". EconTalk. Retrieved 1 January 2013. I remember when Gary Becker, my adviser in graduate school wrote a book 
  10. "Gary Becker, RIP". Cafe Hayek. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  11. Cafe Hayek

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