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Paul H. RubinPaul H. Rubin

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics

Paul H. Rubin, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics, will be completing his term as President of the Southern Economic Association in November, when he gives the Presidential Address at the SEA Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida. The SEA is one of the oldest regional economic associations in the United States, dating back to 1928, and currently has about 1,800 members.

On Sunday, November 24, 2013, Rubin gave the Presidential Address at the 2013 Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting. The title of his address was “Stress Cooperation, Not Competition, to Combat ‘Emporiophobia’.” Rubin explained to the audience that by emphasizing cooperation, economists could help compbat “emporiophobia,” or the fear of markets, that is prevalent in the general public and current political discourse. He urged economists not to commit “a fundamental semantic error” by focusing on the term competition and ignoring the cooperative nature of markets. To read Rubin’s full Presidential Address, click here.

Rubin has been a faculty member at Emory University since 1991. He is an active scholar and also contributes to public policy discussions. Before coming to Emory, he was a tenured professor at the University of Georgia and City University of New York. Rubin also held several senior government positions at the President's Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Trade Commission, and was Chief Economist at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He has also worked as an economic consultant. He was editor of Managerial and Decision Economics for many years and is associated with several think-tanks. Rubin has written or edited eleven books and published over 250 fifty articles and chapters on economics, law, regulation, and evolution in professional journals, including leading economics and law and economics journals and also the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. His work has been cited about 7,500 times. He has published over twenty op-eds in the Wall Street Journal and has published in the New York Times and other leading newspapers and magazines as well.