Paul H. Rubin

Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Economics

Office: Rich 312E



My main area of research is Law and Economics. I have written on many aspects of this subject. Recent papers have examined the effects of tort reform on death rates (tort reform leads to fewer accidental deaths) and the deterrent effect of capital punishment (it is a significant deterrent). I have also completed a survey article on the economics of the Bill of Rights. (These papers have been coauthored with colleagues at Emory.) A few years ago I completed a book on the evolution of economic and political behavior. I also write on policy issues and have had several op-eds in the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers. Two favored topics are the regulation of pharmaceuticals and the economics of privacy and information.


Selected Publications:


Rubin, Paul H. Darwinian Politics: The Evolutionary Origin of Freedom. Rutgers Series in Human Evolution. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Rubin, Paul H., and Thomas Lenard. Privacy and the Commercial Use of Personal Information. Foreward by Senator Orin Hatch. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers and Progress and Freedom Foundation, 2001.


Rubin, Paul H., "Pharmaceutical Marketing: Medical and Industry Biases," Journal of Pharmaceutical Finance, Economics, and Policy 13:2 (2004): 65-78.

_____, "Micro and Macro Legal Efficiency: Supply and Demand," Supreme Court Economic Review 13 (2005): 19-34.

_____, "Public Choice and Tort Reform," Public Choice, 124:1-2 (July 2005): 223-236. This was part of a special issue, "Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World," edited by William F. Shughart II and Robert D. Tollison.

_____, "Fitness, Utility, and Immigration: Reply to Salter," Journal of Bioeconomics 9:1 (June 2007): 53-67.

Rubin, Paul H., Morris Hoffman, and Joanna Shepherd, "An Empirical Study of Public Defender Effectiveness: Self-Selection by the 'Marginally Indigent'," Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law (2005): 223-255.

Rubin, Paul H., Hugo Mialon, and Joel Schrag, "Judicial Hierarchies and the Rule-Individual Tradeoff," Supreme Court Economic Review 15 (2007): 3-20. (Lead article)

Rubin, Paul H., and Joanna Shepherd, "Tort Reform and Accidental Deaths," Journal of Law and Economics 50:2 (May 2007): 221-238. (Lead article)

Rubin, Paul H., Erling Eide, and Joanna Shepherd, "The Economics of Crime," Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics 2:2 (2006): 291-363.

Rubin, Paul H., Mark Bergen, Daniel Levy, Sourav Ray, and Benjamin Zeliger, "When Little Things Mean a Lot: On the Inefficiency of Item Pricing Laws," Journal of Law and Economics 51 (2004).

Rubin, Paul H., "Evolved Behaviors, Recursive Hierarchies, And The Growth Of The State," Tidsskriftet Politik 9:4 (February 2007): 48-55.