Alex Tabarrok

Alex Tabarrok is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He blogs at Marginal Revolution with Tyler Cowen. 

Alex Tabarrok's Articles

In the Market, Discrimination is Expensive

A recent study found that 36% of the firms studied that had discriminated in hiring had failed while only 17% of the non-discriminatory firms failed.

- September 22, 2016

The ADA Attack on Online Courses Hurts the Disabled Too

The DoJ has told UC Berkely that unless all have access, none can.

- September 21, 2016

Why Isn't Rent in Tokyo Out of Control?

Tokyo built more new housing in 2014 than the entire state of California or country of England.

- August 08, 2016

Copyrights Protect the Dead, Not the Innovators

The argument that copyright encourages innovation is simply a pretense for protectionism.

- August 05, 2016

A Decades-old Product Can Stop 80% of Cavities, and the FDA Only Just Now Approved It

It's been used for decades in Japan, and it instantly stops hypersensitivity and tooth decay, as well as preventing cavities.

- July 15, 2016

Donate a Kidney Now, Get a Kidney Gift Card for Later

Organ markets are illegal, but sophisticated barter is chipping away at the kidney shortage.

- July 13, 2016

The Fatal Tesla Crash Is No Excuse to Regulate Self-Driving Cars

Laissez-faire for new technologies is the norm, as it should be.

- July 12, 2016

AI Shoots Down Human Fighter Pilot, Every Time

It's time to think seriously about incentive problems for artificial intelligence.

- June 30, 2016

The Death and Rise of the Middle Class

A study from the left-leaning Urban Institute finds that the middle class is shrinking because it's getting richer.

- June 22, 2016

"Banning the Box" Significantly Increases Racial Discrimination

A large new study finds that banning criminal history questions increases racial discrimination in job callbacks.


- June 20, 2016

"Zero-Star" Cars Can Save Thousands of Lives

The least protected car is safer than the safest motorcycle.

- May 23, 2016

Life Expectancy Is Up, and Health Inequality Is Down

Life expectancy has increased dramatically, and child mortality is way down, especially for poor counties.

- May 10, 2016

The Best Pro-Market Film You've Never Seen

Guru tells the story of India's liberation, not from colonialism but from socialism.

- May 03, 2016

An Economist's Advice on Bringing Prosperity to Iran

Iran is the size of Turkey but has only half the GDP per capita; here's how to change that.

- April 19, 2016

Why Americans Can't Move Anymore (And Why That's Bad News)

Out of control housing costs discourage poor people from moving to rich places.

- April 11, 2016

Do European Labor Laws Lead to Terrorism?

Why are there poor Muslim ghettos in Europe but not in the United States?

- March 29, 2016

After the Recession, People Didn't Move to Find Work

Migration is down at the exact time that it has become more necessary than ever.

- March 23, 2016

Uber Is 50% More Productive than Taxis

Uber drivers carry more passengers per mile or per hour worked than do traditional cabs.

- March 17, 2016

Let's Make Buses More Dangerous so People Will Ride Them

Buses are safer than cars by a factor of 60, but people don't like to ride them.

- March 17, 2016

What Does It Mean to "Replicate" Scientific Studies?

If studies don’t replicate, they aren't useful; if they only replicate under extremely precise conditions, they still aren't useful.

- March 12, 2016

Failure to Coordinate Makes Us Poorer and Less Happy

Why are people so much happier on the weekends? It isn't just time off work.

- March 07, 2016

Occupational Licensing Makes It Hard to Leave Your State

Licenses create virtual roadblocks for workers trying to cross state lines.

- February 29, 2016

Forget Shkreli: Generic Drugs Are Cheaper than Ever

From 2008 to 2014, the price of the most commonly used generic drugs fell by 63 percent.


- February 24, 2016

Will Fake Honey Save the Bees?

Bee-less honey will save bees the same way that the internal combustion engine saved horses and buggies.

- February 16, 2016

Does DC's Curfew Prevent Crime – Or Increase It?

Moving the curfew from midnight to 11 pm is associated with a 150% increase in gun fire during that hour.

- December 31, 2015

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