Russell Roberts

Russell Roberts

  • Affiliated Senior Scholar

Russell Roberts is a Mercatus affiliated senior scholar and a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. Dr. Roberts is the host of the weekly podcast series EconTalk, and he blogs at Cafe Hayek.

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 is the story of how prosperity is created and sustained and looks at the unseen order and harmony that shape our daily lives.

Dr. Roberts is also the author of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance (MIT Press, 2001) a novel that discusses an array of public policy issues including corporate responsibility, consumer safety, and welfare. When his first novel The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (Prentice Hall, 3rd ed., 2006) was published in 1994, it was named one of the top-10 books of the year by Business Week and one of the best books of the year by the Financial Times

Dr. Roberts 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.

Before joining George Mason University, Dr. Roberts worked 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. Dr. Roberts has also taught at the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and UCLA.


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Russell Roberts | Jul 28, 2008
Stanford University student and Cuban American tennis prodigy Ramon Fernandez is outraged when a nearby mega-store hikes its prices the night of an earthquake. He crosses paths with provost and…


Peter J. Boettke, Russell Roberts | October 12, 2015
Peter Boettke talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the political and economic lessons he has learned as program director of research in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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