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Jeffrey Miron is director of economic studies at the Cato Institute and the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. His area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism, with particular emphasis on the economics of illegal drugs.

Miron has served on the faculty at the University of Michigan and as a visiting professor at the Sloan School of Management, M.I.T., and the department of economics at Harvard University. From 1992-1998, he was chairman of the department of economics at Boston University. He is the author of Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition and The Economics of Seasonal Cycles, in addition to numerous op-eds and journal articles. He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship.

Miron received a BA, magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College in 1979 and a PhD in economics from M.I.T. in 1984.

More from Jeffrey Miron


Good Intentions Don’t Always Lead to Good Results

The New York Times. May 12, 2015.

The Case to Reclassify Grass

Newsweek. March 10, 2015.

The Tax Code Should Not Redistribute Wealth

The New York Times. February 4, 2015.

Cato Studies

Marijuana Policy in Colorado

Working Paper No. 24. October 23, 2014.

Should U.S. Fiscal Policy Address Slow Growth or the Debt? A Nondilemma

Policy Analysis No. 718. January 8, 2013.

The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition

White Paper. September 27, 2010.


Rethinking Redistribution

National Affairs. Winter 2011.

The Case Against the Fiscal Stimulus

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. Vol. 33. No. 2. Spring 2010.

Public Filings

Resolving Non-Bank Financial Institutions

Testimony. September 24, 2009.

Cato Reviews & Journals


33rd Annual Monetary Conference

November 12, 2015. Conference.

Why Congress Should Legalize Marijuana

December 18, 2014. Sponsor E-Briefing.

Third Annual Cato Papers on Public Policy Conference

June 6, 2013, June 7, 2013. Conference.