Garett Jones

Garett Jones

  • Senior Scholar
  • BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism

Garett Jones is a senior scholar and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center and an associate professor of economics at George Mason University. He specializes in macroeconomics, monetary economics, and the microfoundations of economic growth.

Jones has appeared on C-Span, CNBC, and Fox Business Network. He has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic,,, and US News & World Report. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Economic Growth, among others. He is the associate editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics.

Jones previously served as economic policy adviser to Senator Orrin Hatch and as a staff economist to the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress. While on Capitol Hill, he worked on tax and labor issues. He is a frequent speaker at the Mercatus Center’s Capitol Hill Campus series.

Jones received his BA in history from Brigham Young University, his MPA from Cornell, his MA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, and his PhD in economics from the University of California at San Diego.

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Media Clippings

Garett Jones | May 27, 2014
Outlet: Forbes
Daniel M. Rothschild, Garett Jones | Aug 25, 2013
Outlet: Tribune-Review
Garett Jones | Oct 15, 2012
Outlet: National Review Online
Garett Jones | Jun 26, 2012
Outlet: U.S. News & World Report

Expert Commentary

Aug 01, 2014

As Piketty reminds us, human beings can be pretty bad at living with economic inequality. But when it comes to capital, simple economic theory is right: the more, the merrier. And if we can reduce covetousness, we can begin to say the reverse: the merrier, the more.
Jun 27, 2012

There's no escaping the bailout because the politicians know we will always demand the bailout. When the next crisis comes, all the politician needs to hear is the whisper from an investment banker: "If we go down, so does the economy."
May 06, 2012

One of the major schools of thought in macroeconomics rarely makes it into mainstream discussions: Real Business Cycle Theory.
Apr 24, 2012

How could that possibly be? How could extra government spending shrink the private sector? Well, in the simplest Keynesian model, it can't. You have to add some bells and whistles--let's call that "reality"--to get a multiplier less than one.
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