About


This site is where I archive my published essays and my notes on basic economics. You can also find information on my books. Here's my bio:


Russell Roberts is Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Distinguished Scholar at the Mercatus Center, and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

His latest book is The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Princeton University Press, 2008). Told in the form of a novel, it's the story of how prosperity is created and sustained, and the unseen order and harmony that shape our daily lives.

He is also the author of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance (MIT Press, 2001) a novel which discusses an array of public policy issues including corporate responsibility, consumer safety, and welfare. His first novel, The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (Prentice Hall, 3rd ed., 2006) was named one of the top ten books of the year by Business Week and one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times when it was first published in 1994.

Roberts is the host of the weekly podcast series, EconTalk and co-blogs with at Cafe Hayek, with his colleague Don Boudreaux. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." In addition to numerous academic publications, he has written for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He is a founding advisory board member of the Library of Economics and Liberty website.

Before coming to George Mason University, Roberts was at Washington University in St. Louis where he was the founding director of the Center for Experiential Learning at the John M. Olin School of Business and a Senior Fellow at the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. Roberts has also taught at the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and UCLA.