Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen


Monetary theory, financial economics, and welfare economics

Tyler Cowen has a Ph.D in economics from Harvard University and is currently a professor of economics at George Mason University. He has edited the volume Public Goods and Market Failures, and has written Explorations in the New Monetary Economics with Randall Kroszner. His most recent book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream was published January 2017. Tyler writes a column for Bloomberg View and contributes daily to The MarginalRevolution blog. His very popular ethnic dining guide for Washington, DC, spotlights restaurants in the Maryland, Virginia, DC area.

Selected Publications


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)

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)

Good & Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding (Princeton University Press: 2004)

Market Failure or 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)

Dissertations Supervised

Filip Jolevski, Three Essays on the Role of Productivity in Firm Dynamics (2024)

Sriteja R. Burla, Cooperation and Competition in the U.S. Airline Industry: Essays on Relational Contracts and Common Ownership (2023)

Gregory W. Caskey, Three Essays on the Role of China in the Developing World (2022)

Aisha I. Yusuf, Essays in Culture and Institutions of Developing Countries (2022)

Sarah Oh, Essays in Broadband Economics (2017)

James Broughel, Three Essays on Regulation and Economic Growth (2016)

Eli Dourado, Metapolitical Explorations (2016)

Lotta Moberg, The Political Economy of Special Economic Zones (2014)

Alexander Schibuola, Money, Capital, and Business Cycles (2014)

Shawn DuBravac, Sentiment: On the Predictive Power of Search, Uncertainty Through the Business Cycle, and Abnormal Stock Returns (2014)

Thomas Durant, To Rule and Be Ruled inTurns: How to Grow a Constitution From an Electoral Seed (2007)

Andres Gramajo, Three Essays on Economic Anthropology: Economic Development in Three Colombian Communities (2006)

Douglas MacKenzie, Financial Markets and Economic Planning: Unmet Challenges in the Interwar Debate on Socialism (2005)

Yesim Yilmaz, Consuming Ethics: Voluntary Certification vs. Mandated Uniformity--Lessons From the Organic Food Industry (2004)