College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Garett Jones

Garett Jones

Garett Jones

Associate Professor

Macroeconomics, economic growth, monetary economics

Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University. Previously he held the positions of assistant professor at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, and the microfoundations of economic growth. His work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Economic Growth, and Critical Review. His first book, published in 2015 by Stanford University Press, is entitled Hive Mind: How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own

In addition to his academic work, Garett has also served as Economic Policy Adviser to Senator Orrin Hatch and as a staff economist to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

Prior to earning his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego, Garett earned a BA in history from Brigham Young University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell and an MA in political science from UC Berkeley.

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Jones, Garett and Niklas Potrafke (2014). Human capital and national institutional quality: Are TIMSS, PISA, and national average IQ robust predictors? Intelligence.

Jones, Garett (2014). Knowledge and Coordination: A Call to Renewal for Academic Economists. Studies in Emergent Order.

Hafer, R.W and Garett Jones (2014). Are entrepreneurship and cognitive skills related? Some international evidence. Small Business Economics.

Jones, Garett (2013). The O-Ring Sector and the Foolproof Sector: An Explanation for Skill Externalities. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, lead article.

Al-Ubaydli, O., Jones, G., & Weel, J. (2013). Patience, cognitive skill, and coordination in the repeated stag hunt. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics.

Jones, Garett. (2012). Cognitive skill and technology diffusion: An empirical test. Economic Systems.

Nye, John V.C., Grigory Androuschak, Desirée Desierto, Garett Jones, Maria Yudkevich (2012). 2D:4D Asymmetry and Gender Differences in Academic Performance. PLoS ONE.

Jones, Garett (2012). The Bond Market Wins. Econ Journal Watch.

Jones, Garett and Tim Kane (2012). U.S. Troops and Economic Growth: Regression analysis with robustness tests. Defence and Peace Economics.

Jones, Garett (2011). National IQ and National Productivity: The Hive Mind Across Asia. Asian Development Review.

Jones, Garett (2010). Speed Bankruptcy: A Firewall to Future Crises. Journal of Applied Corporate Finance.

Jones, Garett and W. Joel Schneider (2010). IQ in the Production Function: Evidence from Immigrant Earnings, Economic Inquiry.

Dissertations Supervised

David Ratliff, Institutional Effects of U.S. Military Deployments and Corporate Leadership Change (2015)