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

University of California, Santa Cruz            

Phone: (831) 459-3332
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

Research Associate, NBER


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:

I am a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and a Research Associate in the NBER. I was the Chair of the Economics Department from 2013 to 2016. My research interests include entrepreneurship, education, information technology, inequality, labor economics, and immigration. I have published my research in a wide range of economics journals (e.g. AER, AEJ: Applied, AEJ: Policy, EJ, RESTAT, JOLE, JPubE, JHR, JHE, EER, JEMS), journals in other related fields (e.g. JAMA: Surgery, Management Science, JPAM, Demography), academic books (e.g. MIT Press), edited volumes, and government reports. I received a Ph.D. and M.A. from Northwestern University and B.A. with honors from Stanford University. I have held visiting positions at Yale University, UC Berkeley, Australian National University, and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). I have received funding for my research from numerous government agencies and foundations, and have 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 my research. I am routinely interviewed by the media (e.g. NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, PBS) to comment on economic and policy issues.


Recent News:

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

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New Center for Entrepreneurship

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development