Robert W. Fairlie

Research Fellow

University of California, Los Angeles

I am an Economist and Professor of Public Policy at UCLA and a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). My research interests include public policy, entrepreneurship, education, racial and gender inequality, information technology, labor economics, developing countries, and immigration. Publications from my research have appeared in leading journals in economics, policy, management, science, and medicine. 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 Stanford University, Yale University, UC Berkeley, and Australian National University. I have received funding for my research from the National Science Foundation, National Academies and Russell Sage Foundation as well as numerous government agencies and foundations, and have testified in front of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Department of Treasury, and the California State Assembly. Recent awards and honors include a joint resolution from the California State Assembly, Choice Academic Title award, and the Bradford-Osborne research award two years in a row. I am regularly interviewed by the media to comment on economic, education, entrepreneurship, inequality and policy issues.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2004.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 15445
Robert W. Fairlie, Frank M. Fossen, Reid Johnsen, Gentian Droboniku
revised version published in: Small Business Economics, 2023, 60, 1613-1629
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11258
revised version published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2020, 48, 253-289.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7669
published in: Barry Chiswick and Paul Miller (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of International Immigration, 1B, Elsevier, 2015
IZA Discussion Paper No. 7211
published in: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2013, 5(3), 211-240
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5983
published in: American Economic Review, 2014, 104 (8), 2567-2591
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5726
published in: Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2013, 22 (2), 365-389
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5725
published in: Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2013, 22 (2), 207-231
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5203
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2011, 30 (1), 146-162
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3718
published in: Small Business Economics, 2009, 33 (4), 375-395
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3713
published as 'Black-White Unemployment and the Business Cycle' in: Demography, 2010, 47 (1), 227-247
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3708
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 29, 2009, 335 - 373
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2566
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2009, 22 (4), 827-858
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2201
published in: Review of Income and Wealth, 2012, 58 (2), 279-306
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2039
published in: G. Borjas (ed.), Mexican Immigration in the United States, NBER-C, 2007, 123-158
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1917
published in: Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 2005, 30(4), 305-316
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1912
Daniel O. Beltran, Kuntal K. Das, Robert W. Fairlie
published as 'Home Computers and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from the NLSY97 and CPS ' in: Economic Inquiry, 2010, 48 (3), 771-792
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1296
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2007, 60 (2), 225-245