Paul A. David is Professor of Economics (Emeritus) and SIEPR Senior Fellow at Stanford. He is also Professorial Fellow at the UN University-MERIT (Netherlands) and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. David has published more than 160 articles in journals and edited books, and several books, including The Economic Future in Historical Perspective (Oxford UP). He is known internationally for his historical studies of economic growth and research on “path dependence” in modern economies—particularly their long-term demographic, institutional, and technological dynamics. David’s work recently has focused on public policies affecting investment in science and technology, and he serves on an Experts Group advising the EC Commissioner for Research. An elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the British Academy, in 2009-2010 David will be president-elect of the Western Economics Association International.
Jared Rubin is an assistant professor of economics at Cal State Fullerton. He received his PhD in economics at Stanford University in 2007 and held a SIEPR dissertation fellowship during 2006/07. His research concentrates on both the economic effects of religious and political institutions in Islam and Christianity as well as U.S. copyright history.