April 5, 2007 – Alexander Tabarrok

April 5, 2007

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Alexander Tabarrok
Director of Research, The Independent Institute
Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Bounty Hunters
The Long Arm of the Law

Alexander Tabarrok is associate professor of economics at George Mason University and director of research for The Independent Institute.

Professor Tabarrok’s recent research examines issues such as how race and poverty impact trial decisions by juries, how judges compare to juries when awarding damages, the influence of judicial electoral systems on the decisions of judges and how bounty hunters compare with police in arresting fugitives from the law. Other research examines patent system reform, methods to increase the supply of human organs for transplant and the regulation of pharmaceuticals.

Professor Tabarrok is co-author of the web site FDAReview.org, an extensive resource on the history, policies, and potential reform of the FDA. He is also the editor of the booksEntrepreneurial Economics: Bright Ideas from the Dismal ScienceThe Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society (with David Beito and Peter Gordon), andChanging the Guard: Private Prisons and the Control of Crime. His papers have appeared in the Journal of Law and EconomicsPublic ChoiceEconomic Inquiry,Journal of Health EconomicsJournal of Theoretical PoliticsThe American Law and Economics ReviewKyklos, and many other journals. Popular articles by Professor Tabarrok have appeared in magazines and newspapers throughout the United States, and he writes regularly for the blog MarginalRevolution.

Professor Tabarrok previously spoke at Junto in October 2003.

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  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

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Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.

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