Garett Jones

Garett Jones

Garett Jones

Associate Professor

Macroeconomics, economic growth, monetary economics, economics of institutions, behavioral economics, public choice

Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University.

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. He has served as an associate editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, and wrote the preface to the Dictionary's 3rd edition. 

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, and was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. His second book, also with Stanford, published in 2020, is entitled 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less, and was reviewed in The Economist. His third book with Stanford, The Culture Transplant: How Migrants Make the Economies They Move to a Lot Like the Ones They Left, was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal.

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

Anomaly, Jonathan, and Garett Jones (2020). Cognitive Enhancement and Network Effects: how Individual Prosperity Depends on Group Traits. Philosophia.

Al-Ubaydli, Omar, Garett Jones, and Jaap Weel (2016). Average player traits as predictors of cooperation in a repeated prisoner's dilemma. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental 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.

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 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.

Jones, Garett (2008). Are Smarter Groups More Cooperative? Evidence from Prisoner's Dilemma Experiments, 1959-2003. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Hafer, R.W., Joseph Haslag, and Garett Jones (2007). On Money and Output: Is Money Redundant? Journal of Monetary Economics.

Jones, Garett and W. Joel Schneider (2006). Intelligence, Human Capital, and Economic Growth: A Bayesian Averaging of Classical Estimates (BACE) Approach, Journal of Economic Growth.


Ph.D., Economics, University of California, San Diego (2000)

M.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley (1994)

M.P.A., Public Affairs, Cornell University (1993)

B.A. (with University Honors), History with Sociology Minor, Brigham Young University (1992)

Dissertations Supervised

Olga Shanks, Three Essays in Industrial Organization and Political Economy (2024)

Marcel Dumas Gautreau, Three Essays on Developmental States (2023)

Daniel G. Solon, Three Essays on Ancestry and Political Economy (2023)

Mary Clare Peate, Questions in Public Administration (2020)

Hannah Mead Kling, Urban Segregation: Implications for Productivity and Public Choice (2017)

Akhmad Rizal Shidiq, Essays on Firms and Political Connections in Indonesia (2016)

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