About the Author

Tbl-wTyler Cowen is the Holbert C. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1987. He is also the director of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Many of his academic writings focus on the economics of the arts, the economics of celebrity, and the globalization of culture. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate.com, The Wilson Quarterly, Newsweek, and numerous other media outlets.

The blog he co-writes with Alex Tabarrok, MarginalRevolution.com, was called one of the four best economics sites on the Web by the Wall Street Journal and the number one economics blog in the world by BlogPulse.com.

Tyler is the author of several books including Discover Your Inner Economist, Good and Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding, Markets and Cultural Voices: Liberty vs. Power in the Lives of Mexican Amate Painters, Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World’s Cultures, What Price Fame? and In Praise of Commercial Culture.

Tyler lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife and step-daughter. In addition to being an avid fan of music, he is a devoted collector of Haitian and Mexican outsider art, including Haitian voodoo flags and Mexican amates. He is a lover of spicy food and writes an online dining guide to the Washington, D.C., area at tylercowensethnicdiningguide.com.

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