Tyler Cowen

    Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University
    Distinguished Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
    Faculty Director, Mercatus Center

Tyler Cowen is the Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University and serves as chairman and faculty director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. With colleague Alex Tabarrok, Cowen is co-author of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution and co-founder of the online educational platform Marginal Revolution University.

A dedicated writer and communicator of economic ideas, Cowen is the author of several bestselling books and is widely published in academic journals and the popular media. Cowen’s latest project is a generative book, GOAT: Who is the Greatest Economist of all Time and Why Does it Matter?  Readers are encouraged to use AI chatbots to interact with the manuscript and create their own versions of the book. 

In 2022, Cowen and co-author Daniel Gross published the the book Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the WorldHe writes a column for Bloomberg View and was previously a columnist with the The New York Times. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, Ethics, and Philosophy and Public Affairs.

Cowen is the founder of Emergent Ventures, an incubator fellowship and grant program for social entrepreneurs with highly scalable ideas for meaningfully improving society. As a response to the 2020 pandemic, Cowen created Fast Grants, an offshoot of Emergent Ventures,  to swiftly support scientists working on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. In total, Fast Grants raised more than $50 million and awarded 260 grants toward critical research.

Cowen is host of Conversations with Tyler, a popular podcast series featuring today's most underrated thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between. Past guests include David Brooks, Malcolm Gladwell, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Cowen graduated from George Mason University with a BS in economics and received his PhD in economics from Harvard University.

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