College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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. He has just finished a book, Markets and Cultural Voices, April 2005, and has three other books in print: In Praise of Commercial Culture, What Price Fame?, and Creative Destruction. Tyler publishes daily at the The MarginalRevolution blog and has a very popular ethnic dining guide for Washington, DC.

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)

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)


Dissertations Supervised

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

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

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

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

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)

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