Richard O. Zerbe

The Daniel J. Evans Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Adjunct Professor of Law

Richard O. Zerbe, Jr. joined the Evans School faculty in 1981, and holds and adjunct appointment with the University of Washington School of Law. He teaches environmental ethics, microeconomics, government regulation, law and economics, and benefit-cost analysis. Zerbe previously served on the faculty at York University in Toronto and the University of Chicago, a visiting appointment at Northwestern University, and a fellowship at Yale Law School. He was the founder and past President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, was a member of the Executive Board of the Western Economic Association, and was a scholar-in-residence with the American Bar Foundation. He is also a founding board member of the American Law and Economics Association. He is the author of more than 100 publications and past editor of the Research in Law and Economics journal. Outside of academia, Zerbe serves as a consultant to government agencies, law firms and other groups about damages and antitrust. Zerbe holds a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, and a AB from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied mathematics, general science, and political science. Currently he is working to establish a more robust foundation for welfare economics and benefit-cost analysis in particular.