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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 MIT in 1984.

More from Jeffrey Miron

Cato Studies

Overdosing on Regulation: How Government Caused the Opioid Epidemic

Policy Analysis No. 864. February 14, 2019.

The Budgetary Effects of Ending Drug Prohibition

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 83. July 23, 2018.

Dose of Reality: The Effect of State Marijuana Legalizations

Policy Analysis No. 799. September 16, 2016.


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.

In Defense of Doing Nothing

Cato's Letter. Vol. 7. No. 2. Spring 2009.

Public Filings

Resolving Non-Bank Financial Institutions

Testimony. September 24, 2009.