Create Your Own Economy » Media Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:38:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Create Your Own Economy: A Podcast Interview with Tyler Cowen Tue, 13 Oct 2009 13:38:08 +0000 Alexandra Tooley

Andrew Hazlett discusses Tyler Cowen’s latest book on the inaugural episode of his podcast series, Occasional Podcast. Hazlett writes: theoccasional

Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World is loaded with provocative ideas and surprising claims.  I still haven’t wrapped my mind around a number of Cowen’s big ideas and insights.

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In Praise of Autism Wed, 23 Sep 2009 18:34:04 +0000 Alexandra Tooley

The New York Times Idea of the Day Blog cites Tyler Cowen’s commentary on changing attitudes towards those with Autism, as discussed in Create Your Own Economy:nytlogo153x23

“…Tyler Cowen, an economics professor who contributes to The Times, used the platform of the Chronicle of Higher Education to fault fellow academics for bigoted-sounding research dehumanizing autistics…”

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Lifestyles of the Honest and Awkward Fri, 11 Sep 2009 18:27:18 +0000 Alexandra Tooley


In the Wall Street Journal article “Lifestyles of the Honest and Awkard,” about Asperger’s Syndrome, Tyler Cowen is cited as talking about themes from from Create Your Own Economy:

“…Mr. Cowen calls people along the autism spectrum the ‘infovores’ of modern society” and argues, “along many dimensions we as a society are working hard to mimic their abilities at ordering and processing information.’ In a world awash in distracted people desperately (and unsuccessfully) trying to multitask, Mr. Cowen says, Aspies’ ability to focus on detail is a profound advantage. This is particularly true in academia, he argues, where ‘autism is often a competitive advantage rather than a problem to be solved.’”

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Cowen on Culture, Autism, and Creating Your Own Economy Mon, 07 Sep 2009 20:13:50 +0000 Alexandra Tooley

Tyler Cowen was interviewed on EconTalk by host, Russ Roberts, about his latest book:

“Tyler Cowen of George Mason University and author of Create Your Own Economy talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in his recent book. The conversation ranges across a wide array of topics related to information, the arts, and the culture of the internet. Topics include how autistics perceive information and what non-autistics can learn from them, what Buddhism might teach us about our digital lives, the pace of change in the use of technology, Nozick’s experience machine and the relative importance of authenticity and what the Alchian and Allen theorem has to do with the internet and culture.”

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Education works as a placebo effect Thu, 03 Sep 2009 18:14:54 +0000 Cord Blomquist

In “Education works as a placebo effect” Tyler Cowen is interviewed by Kai Ryssdal on Marketplace of American Public Media on the cost of higher education while referencing his latest book, Create Your Own Economy:

Kai Ryssdal says:

“Tyler Cowen is what you might call an interested party in the success of higher education. He’s a professor of economics at George Mason University. There’s more on this in his latest book Create Your Own Economy: the Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World.

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Tyler Cowen on Reason.TV Thu, 20 Aug 2009 22:47:23 +0000 Alexandra Tooley

Matt Welch of Reason.TV sat down with Tyler Cowen to discuss his latest book, Create Your Own Economy:

Cowen, one of the country’s foremost defenders of free markets and international exchange, sees his book as an ode to the power of the individual, “and how we can all create our own liberties essentially by using the web and the information economy to create streams of meaning.” In the interview, he talks about how society is becoming more autistic (“this is a good thing!”), how everyday people can be happier than Bill Gates, and why he’s fearful of Barack Obama’s economics. “On fiscal policy,” he warns, “we are absolutely heading off a cliff.”

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What the Financial Crisis Is Really About Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:20:52 +0000 Alexandra Tooley

The Motley Fool spoke with Tyler Cowen about the financial crisis and new forms of productivity on the Web, as discussed in Create Your Own EconomyMotley Fool

“Cowen said that many of the business models applied to Internet innovations, such as Twitter, simply can’t be monetized. But he did think they’ll get cheap enough to survive as philanthropic endeavors. “It will be like Wikipedia,” he said. ‘It will be a service. People who care about social change in Iran and other places will be willing to support Twitter.’”

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Tyler Cowen on Mon, 10 Aug 2009 22:55:55 +0000 Alexandra Tooley

Tyler Cowen and Will Wilkinson discussed Create Your Own Economy on

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Tyler Cowen speaks at Cato Institute Forum on his latest book Tue, 04 Aug 2009 22:52:57 +0000 Alexandra Tooley

Along with panelists Matt Yglesias, Robin Hanson and Brink Lindsey, Tyler Cowen discussed his latest book at a Cato Institute forum:

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The Autistic Future Tue, 28 Jul 2009 22:39:30 +0000 Alexandra Tooley

Joseph Lawler at The American Spectator reviewed Create Your Own Economy and praised it as the “Freakonomics of epistemology” american spectator

“Create Your Own Economy is the Freakonomics of epistemology. Instead of unearthing unusual findings using statistics, Tyler Cowen, a George Mason University economist and blogger at, overturns common conceptions about learning and information-processing by examining the ongoing experiment of the Internet.”

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We Read It So You Don’t Have To: ‘Create Your Own Economy’ Sat, 25 Jul 2009 14:33:01 +0000 Michael Nye

Newsweek’s review of Tyler Cowen’s Create Your Own Economy, to be published in August 3rd’s print edition, hails the book as a guide with insightful ideas. Newsweek writes in “We Read It So You Don’t Have To: ‘Create Your Own Economy‘” that:

…the author has crafted a how-to guide for living in the information-glutted 21st century, and a convincing defense of our just-Google-it culture, which many say is dumbing down the species. His four best ideas…

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Broken Symmetry: Creating My Own Create Your Own Economy Mon, 13 Jul 2009 20:04:48 +0000 Michael Nye

In “Creating My Own Create Your Own Economy“, Michael F. Martin praises Tyler Cowen’s Create Your Own Economy as:

…chock full of creative insights into what might be called an alternative economic vision of social life. I say “alternative” because until recently most academic economists had confined their interests to finance rather than culture, although Cowen is careful to trace the threads of Adam Smith, F.A. Hayek, and Thomas Schelling (among others) from which his unique vision is woven together… his understanding of group behavior and consumption are correspondingly richer with local and temporary detail than most economic analyses of culture.

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Newsweek: How to Create Your Own Economy Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:45:40 +0000 Michael Nye

Barrett Sheridan, a blogger with Newsweek, found Tyler Cowen’s Create Your Own Economy “delightful and provocative throughout.” Sheridan goes on to say that CYOE is:

…at heart, a how-to guide for living in our information-glutted 21st-century world, and a convincing defense of our ever-connected, just-Google-it culture…

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The Daily Dish: Smaller And Smaller? Wed, 08 Jul 2009 15:59:41 +0000 Michael Nye

In “Smaller and Smaller“, Ben Casnocha quotes Tyler Cowen and discusses his ideas in his review of Create Your Own Economy:

[W]hen culture is free and a click away, as it is on blogs and Twitter and the broader Internet, we sample broadly and consume it in smaller chunks: “When access is easy, we tend to favor the short, the sweet, and the bitty. When access is difficult, we tend to look for large-scale productions, extravaganzas, and masterpieces,” writes Cowen. “The current trend–as it has been running for decades–is that a lot of our culture is coming in shorter and smaller bits.”

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Yglesias on CYOE Tue, 07 Jul 2009 21:13:20 +0000 Cord Blomquist

Matthew Yglesias of Think Progress couldn’t put down Create Your Own Economy:

It’s a bit hard to do the book justice because the subject matter is so unorthodox. So I’ll put it this way instead. I first cracked the book one afternoon intending to read for about ninety minutes and then go get on my bike and meet someone. While reading, I decided to change plans and take the bus instead so as to create more time (both coming and going) when I could read more Create Your Own Economy.

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Wall Street Journal: Information Overload? Relax Mon, 06 Jul 2009 17:40:01 +0000 Michael Nye

L. Gordon Crovitz cites Tyler Cowen in his Wall Street Journal opinion piece “Information Overload? Relax” noting that:

Tyler Cowen, an economist and popular blogger, focuses on our broader range of information options in a new book published this month, “Create Your Own Economy.” He says, “When access is easy, we tend to favor the short, the sweet, and the bitty. When access is difficult, we tend to look for large-scale productions, extravaganzas, and masterpieces.” Mr. Cowen says, “The current trend — as it has been running for decades — is that a lot of our culture is coming in shorter and smaller bits.”

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Six questions for Tyler Cowen Sun, 05 Jul 2009 18:54:50 +0000 Michael Nye

Tyler Cowen was recently interviewed at The about economics, Twitter, the future of fun, and his new book.  The Economist notes:

Create Your Own Economy“, examines how new ways of organising information online are changing the way we think and the economy. We asked Mr Cowen a few questions about the economic implications of the web and other things.

Read the full interview at the

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The American: RSSted Development Wed, 01 Jul 2009 17:56:45 +0000 Michael Nye

Ben Casnocha looks to Create Your Own Economy in his piece “RSSted Development” to explain his own methods of consuming information:

In other words, my online information diet is diverse, highly personal, and comprised mostly of short bits that I consume one after another in rapid-fire fashion. And it all happens in about the same time it would take me to go through a daily newspaper.

Tyler Cowen, a respected academic and top economics blogger, in his new book Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World, offers two explanations for my style of info consumption…

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Cowen in Fast Company Wed, 24 Jun 2009 18:34:42 +0000 Cord Blomquist

Create Your Own Economy author Tyler Cowen provides insight into the changing way in which we measure success in the July issue of Fast Company:

The traditional gauge of economic success is profit, but over time we’ll find that such statistics as measures of GDP tell us less and less about broader efforts to improve human well-being. Much of the Web’s value is experienced at the personal level and does not show up in productivity numbers. Buying $2 worth of bananas boosts GDP; having $20 worth of fun on the Web does not. And this effect is a big one. Each day more enjoyment, more social connection, and, indeed, more contemplation are produced on the Web than had been imagined even 10 years ago. But how do we measure those things?

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Praise from “The Undercover Economist” Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:21:42 +0000 Cord Blomquist

undercovereconomist1Tim Harford, author of the The Undercover Economist and writer for Financial Times, has kind words for CYOE at

Create Your Own Economy” has arrived and I cracked it open immediately. As expected, it is engaging, creative and every page makes you think differently about the world. I have read one chapter and can’t wait to read the rest.

However, the book quickly surprised me. I read Tyler every day and didn’t anticipate the turn it took on page one. It was so surprising – and the surprise is a pleasant one – that I don’t feel I should say more. Except: Recommended.

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