Dr. Fairlie is a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Fairlie has spent the majority of his professional career in academia, currently acting as a Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also served as the Director of the Master’s program in Applied Economics and Finance at UC Santa Cruz, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, the Australian National University, and the Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany.

Dr. Fairlie’s areas of expertise include labor economics, entrepreneurship, public economics, and applied econometrics. He has conducted extensive research in entrepreneurship, particularly concerning minority business ownership, technology and the digital divide, the effects of immigration on US labor markets, racial patterns in unemployment and job displacement, and welfare reform. He has testified on these matters in front of several governing bodies, including the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the US House of Representatives.

Dr. Fairlie is also a published author on the subject of ethnic and racial entrepreneurship. His most recent book, coauthored with Alicia M. Robb, Race and Entrepreneurial Success: Black-, Asian-, and White-Owned Businesses in the United States (MIT Press, 2010), was awarded Choice Outstanding Academic Title. In addition to his research and academic experience, he has held consulting positions at Berkeley Economic Consulting, Charles River Associates, and Deloitte and Touche. He is also a member of the American Economic Association, Academy of Management, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and the Society of Labor Economists.


Northwestern University, PhD and MA in Economics

Stanford University, BA in Economics