Tyler Cowen


Tyler Cowen published The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream, with St. Martin's Press. The book has received extensive write-ups and reviews from most major media outlets, most prominently The Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist, as well as being covered several times by NPR and many other radio and TV stations, including a forthcoming CNN segment. The book has been covered extensively in the foreign press as well, ranging from China to France to Switzerland to Korea.

After a soft launch, Dr. Cowen formally and fully published a book on-line, Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals. This book represents Dr. Cowen's thoughts on the philosophic foundations of a free society. Dr. Cowen has been working on it, on and off, for almost twenty years. Dr. Cowen has additional translations coming out in China, including his earlier book on arts funding. He believes six of his books have come out in China over the last two years, and he is working hard at building up a reputation in what is surely the world's (long-term) #2 market for recognition in economics.

Dr. Cowen and Alex Tabarrok are on the verge of finishing work on the fourth edition of our Modern Principles: Microeconomics, and also Macroeconomics, with Freeman Worth Macmillan, due out very soon. This text is not just a rehash of the other books on the market, rather, it attempts a comprehensive statement of macroeconomics from a "GMU point of view."

After ten years at The New York Times, Dr. Cowen has moved to Bloomberg View, where he publishes a column twice a week. For a full listing and reproduction of these, see the tab on the left hand side of www.marginalrevolution.com.

Dr. Cowen continued the Conversations with Tyler series, bringing to GMU Jhumpa Lahiri, Malcolm Gladwell, Ben Sasse, Edward Luce, and other prominent names, in addition to recording off-site with Atul Gawande, Jill Lepore, and Raj Chetty, in podcast, video, and text versions. This series has received coverage in virtually every major media outlet and has received over a million hits on-line.

Dr. Cowen's students, Eli Dourado, James Broughel, and Sarah Oh, all recently finished, and they all have good jobs.

Dr. Cowen continued the daily blogging of economic and other ideas for www.marginalrevolution.com, which is generally considered the leading economics blog. Their readership remains robust. Dr. Cowen also used MR to promote the research being done at GMU by many other faculty members and graduate students, including Daniel Klein, Mark Koyama, Noel Johnson, David Levy, Bryan Caplan, and others. It has become perhaps the world's biggest "window" onto our world.

This last year saw the continuation of MRuniversity.com, a site for the on-line teaching of economics, in conjunction with Alex Tabarrok. MRuniversity.com now has a dozen or so classes up and running, including Development Economics, The Eurozone, Economics of the Media, The Economy of Mexico, International Economics, and International Finance, among others. They now have a complete and finished Principles of Microeconomics class up and running, and Principles of Macro is soon on the way.

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