Last updated on: 5/13/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Alexander Tabarrok, PhD Biography

Title:
Vice President and Research Director of The Independent Institute
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“California’s law [Prop. 215, which allowed the medical use of marijuana] is hardly unique. Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington have similar laws which were overwhelmingly adopted in voter initiatives. The voters showed good sense in permitting the medical use of marijuana. Numerous scientific studies show that marijuana is effective in treating a wide variety of disorders.”

“It’s California Versus the Feds on Medical Marijuana,” The Independent Institute article, Sep. 7, 1999

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Vice President and Research Director, The Independent Institute
  • Assistant Editor, The Independent Review
  • Associate Professor of Economics, George Mason University
  • Co-author of The Independent Institute web site, FDAReview.org
  • Editor, Entrepreneurial Economics: Bright Ideas from the Dismal Science
  • Co-editor, The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society
  • Editor, Changing the Guard: Private Prisons and the Control of Crime
  • Recipient, the Snavely Award
  • Earhart Foundation Fellow
  • George A. and Frances Ball Foundation Fellow
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, George Mason University
Other:
  • His papers have appeared in the Journal of Law and Economics, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, The American Law and Economics Review, Kyklos and many other journals