Description: Description: Description: W:\public_html\rob.jpgRobert W. Fairlie                   
Professor and Chair of Economics
Department of Economics

Engineering 2 Building                                             

University of California, Santa Cruz            

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Phone: (831) 459-3332

Working Papers and Publications

Google Scholar Site

Course Information

Entrepreneurship Data – The Kauffman Index: Startup Activity
Non-linear Blinder-Oaxaca Decomposition Technique for Logit and Probit Models - SAS and STATA Programs
Congressional Testimony and Other Government Presentations                 

MIT Press Book on Entrepreneurship and Economic Opportunity
Self-Employment Training (SET) Random Experiment for U.S. Department of Labor

Short Bio:

Robert Fairlie is Professor and Chair of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research interests include entrepreneurship, education, information technology, inequality, labor economics, and immigration. He has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters, two academic books, and numerous government and foundation reports. His recent book on entrepreneurship, race and economic opportunity published with MIT Press won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Northwestern University and B.A. with honors from Stanford University. He has held visiting positions at Yale University, UC Berkeley, Australian National University, and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). He has received funding for his research from numerous government agencies and foundations, and has testified to the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Treasury, and the California State Assembly regarding the findings from his research.


Recent News:

I was recognized by the California State Congress with a joint resolution.

Resolution Text


New Center for Entrepreneurship

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development


Research Noted in New York Times