Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen
Professor of Economics
George Mason University

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.

A dedicated writer and translator of economic ideas who often delves into the economics of culture, Dr. Cowen has published dozens of books, reviews, and articles. Cowen's most recent book, The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better, has been declared "the most debated nonfiction book so far this year," by columnist David Brooks. His other recent books include: Create Your Own Economy and Discover Your Inner Economist, as well as a co-authored textbook series from Worth Publishers, Modern Principles of Economics, Modern Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics, and Modern Principles of Economics, Microeconomics. He contributes frequently to The New York Times and Money and serves on the on the advisory boards of both Wilson Quarterly and American Interest.

Tyler’s previous books include: Good & Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding (2006); Markets and Culture Voices: Liberty vs. Power in the Lives of the Mexican Amate Painters (2005); Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World's Cultures (2002); What Price Fame? (2000); and In Praise of Commercial Culture (1998).

Dr. Cowen has also edited multiple works, including the volume of Public Goods and Market Failures, Economic Welfare, and New Theories of Market Failure. He co-authored the 1994 book Explorations in the New Monetary Economics with Randall Kroszner.

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.

Recent Events

March 21, 2011

Rob Atkinson and Tyler Cowen debate the premise of Cowen's new book.