- General Director
Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University and serves as chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. With colleague Alex Tabarrok, Cowen is coauthor of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution and cofounder of the online educational platform Marginal Revolution University.
A dedicated writer and communicator of economic ideas who has written extensively on the economics of culture, Cowen is the author of several books and is widely published in academic journals and the popular media. He writes the Economic Scene column for the New York Times; has contributed extensively to national publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Money; and serves on the on the advisory boards of both Wilson Quarterly and American Interest. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs.
In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek profiled Cowen as “America’s Hottest Economist” after his e-book, The Great Stagnation, appeared twice on the New York Times e-book bestseller list. Columnist David Brooks declared it “the most debated nonfiction book so far this year.” Foreign Policy named Cowen as one of 2011’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and an Economist survey counted him as one of the most influential economists of the last decade.
Cowen graduated from George Mason University with a BS in economics and received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.
TIME — Top Financial Blogs (2011)
The Wall Street Journal — The Best Economics Blogs (2010)
Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation (Dutton: 2013)
An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies (Dutton: 2012)
The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better (Dutton: 2011)
Good & Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding (Princeton University Press: 2004)
Modern Principles of Economics, coauthored with Alex Tabarrok (Worth: 2009)
The Age of the Infovore (aka Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World) (Dutton: 2009)
Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist (Dutton: 2007)
Markets and Cultural Voices: Liberty vs. Power in the Lives of Mexican Amate Painters (University of Michigan Press: 2005)
Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World’s Cultures (Princeton University Press: 2004)
Market Failure of Success: The New Debate, coeditor (Edward Elgar Publishing: 2004)
What Price Fame? (Harvard University Press: 2002)
In Praise of Commercial Culture (Harvard University Press: 2000)
George Mason University Economic Alumnus of the Year (2011)
George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Alumnus of the Year (2012)
Media and Other
Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers (2011)
The Economist Best Books of 2011 (The Great Stagnation)
Listed by the American Institute for Economic Research on their list of favorite economists under the age of 60 (16th), and as having the second-most popular blog on economics
TEDxEast — The Great Stagnation (2011)
TEDxMidAtlantic — The Great Recession and Beyond (2009)