Jeff Miron

Jeff Miron

Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Harvard University

Jeffrey A. Miron is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. Miron has previously served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Boston University; at the latter, he was Department chairman for six years.  He has been the recipient of an Olin Fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Earhart Foundation Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship. Miron holds a B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T.

Miron has published more than 25 articles in refereed journals and 50 op-eds in the Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, Boston Globe,,,, and other outlets.  Miron’s commentary on economic policy has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Television, BBC radio, and in dozens of other television, radio, and print media around the world.

Miron’s area of expertise is the economics of libertarianism.   He has written extensively on the economic case against drug prohibition, and he has been a vocal critic of the Treasury bailout and the Obama administration’s fiscal stimulus.

Miron is also a star teacher.  In four of the past five years, the Senior Class at Harvard has chosen him as one of their favorite teachers.   His most popular offering is a course titled “A Libertarian Perspective on Economic and Social Policy,” which has attracted more than eight hundred students in just four years.

Blog Posts

Will President Trump kill capitalism?

Capitalism—stronger than any border wall or immigration ban—remains a resilient and deeply American system.

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The War on Drugs: Part Two



Economics: 3 Myths of Capitalism

What is capitalism? Why is it controversial? Dr. Jeffrey Miron from Harvard University breaks down 3 myths of capitalism. 

A Cost-Benefit Approach to Public Policy

Dr. Jeffrey Miron at Harvard highlights two different approaches to libertarianism. The first approach, which he refers to as philosophical libertarianism, claims that individuals have rights. These libertarians believe that…

Top Three Common Myths of Capitalism

Is being pro-business and pro-capitalism the same? Does capitalism generate an unfair distribution of income? Was capitalism responsible for the most recent financial crisis? Dr. Jeffrey Miron at Harvard answers…

Debts, Deficits, and Spending Cuts

Dr. Jeffrey Miron at Harvard explains America’s debt situation, which is projected to worsen in the coming years. In his estimation, an increase in taxes will only make the situation…

How to Fix Our Fiscal Crisis

What is the single most important thing that can be done to fix the U.S. budget deficit? Harvard economist Jeff Miron says the answer is clear: cut entitlements. Miron explains…

Top Three Health Care Policy Proposals

One year after the passage of major health care legislation, Harvard economist Jeff Miron says more reform is still needed. Dr. Miron gives his top 3 policy proposals for fixing…

Top Three Policy Reforms to Grow the Economy

Economist Jeffrey Miron of Harvard University outlines three policy reforms that he thinks would promote economic recovery and growth in the United States: cutting entitlements, freezing regulation, and replacing the…

What It Means to Be A Libertarian

What does it mean to be a libertarian? According to Dr. Jeffrey Miron, libertarians have  respect for individual decisions. Libertarians are different from  Republicans and Democrats, because both of those…