Rob Szarka

Rob Szarka
  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Brandmeyer Center for Applied Economics
  • Finance academic area

Contact Info

Capitol Federal Hall


Ph.D. in Economics, University of Connecticut
M.A. in Economics, University of Connecticut
B.A. in Economics, Eastern Connecticut State University


The causes and consequences of regulation. The relationship between economic freedom and civil liberties.

Research interests:

  • Regulation
  • Economics of Organization
  • Economics Education


The role of prices and profits in guiding entrepreneurs to coordinate economic activity, bear risk, and innovate.

Teaching interests:

  • Microeconomics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Entrepreneurship

Selected Publications

Harmon, O. R., & Szarka, R. (2018). Using Google Drawings to Create Homework Exercises [Journal Articles]. Journal of Economics Teaching, 2(2), 68–78.
Szarka, R. (2016). The Effect of Economic Freedom on Civil Liberties in the Short Run: Physical Integrity Rights (2000–2011) [Journal Articles]. Journal of Private Enterprise, 31(3), 21–35.
Bowles, S., Gintis, H., & Szarka, R. (2004). Escalating Differences and Elusive ‘Skills’: Cognitive Abilities and the Explanation of Inequality [Book Chapters]. In M. Henry (Ed.), Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy (pp. 431–438). Yale University Press.