Washington, D.C. (Mar. 4, 2014) — The Cato Institute today announced that Jeffrey Miron has been named Director of Economic Policy Studies. Miron, who will retain his responsibilities as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University, has been a senior fellow at Cato since 2009. In his new role he will oversee all economic and budget-related research produced by the Cato Institute.
“Cato’s work on economic policy is crucial to challenging the alleged benefits of government intervention – dispassionate analysis shows that most interventions have far fewer benefits, and far greater costs, than proponents claim,” said Miron. “I am delighted to be taking on this position and hope to strengthen Cato’s efforts showing that markets, not government, are the crucial foundation of economic progress and freedom.”
Miron joined the faculty at Harvard in 2006. Prior to that, he served on the economics faculties of the University of Michigan, Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miron was Chairman of the Department of Economics at Boston University from 1992 to 1998.
“We are thrilled that Jeff will now be using his considerable talents in economic analysis in a leadership role at Cato,” said John Allison, Cato CEO and former chairman of BB&T Corporation.
Miron has published widely in refereed journals and opinion outlets, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Boston Herald. His commentary on economic policy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, Bloomberg, Fox, BBC, and dozens of other television, radio, and print media around the world. Miron is also the author of four books including, Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition, and Libertarianism, from A to Z.
Miron holds a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; he has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship.