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Dr. Jared Rubin

Associate Professor, Co-director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society
The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Expertise: Economic History and Development; Christianity; Middle East; Institutions; Religion; Islam
Phone: (714) 516-4530
Scholarly Works:
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The University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts
Stanford University, Ph.D.


Jared Rubin is an economic historian interested in the political and religious economies of the Middle East and Western Europe. His research focuses on historical relationships between political and religious institutions and their role in economic development. He graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 2007 and a B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2002. He is the Co-Director of Chapman University’s IRES and the former Executive Director and Program Chair of ASREC. His work has appeared in journals such as Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics & Statistics, Economic Journal, Management Science, and many others. His forthcoming book, Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West got rich and the Middle East did not (Cambridge University Press, 2016) explores the role that Islam and Christianity played in the long-run “reversal of fortunes” between the economies of the Middle East and Western Europe.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

"Bills of Exchange, Interest Bans, and Impersonal Exchange in Islam and Christianity", Explorations in Economic History 47, no. 2: 213-227
"Social Insurance, Commitment, and the Origin of Law: Interest Bans in Early Christianity", Journal of Law & Economics 52, no. 4: 761-777
"The Lender’s Curse: A New Look at the Origin and Persistence of Interest Bans in Islam and Christianity", Dissertation Summary, Journal of Economic History 68, no. 2: 575-579
"Restricting Access to Books on the Internet: Some Unanticipated Effects of U.S. Copyright Legislation" (with Paul A. David), Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues 5, no. 1: 23-53