Tyler Cowen is the general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University. He also serves on the Mercatus Center's board of directors.
He worked until 1989 as an assistant and associate professor of economics at the University of California, Irvine and then returned to George Mason, where in 1998 he was named general director of both the Mercatus Center and the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy. In 2000, Dr. Cowen was named the Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics.
Dr. Cowen studied economics at George Mason University and earned his Ph.D from Harvard University in 1987. Dr. Cowen resides in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife and stepdaughter. He writes daily for his popular economics blog, Marginal Revolution, with colleague Alex Tabarrok.