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Tyler Cowen (b. January 21, 1962) is an American libertarian scholar and professor of economics at the George Mason University.


Cowen's primary research interest is the culture industry and artworld economics. He has written books on fame (What Price Fame?), art (In Praise of Commercial Culture) and cultural trade (Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World's Cultures). His newest work, Markets and Cultural Voices, relays how globalization is changing the world of three Mexican amate painters. For Cowen, free markets change culture for the better, allowing them to evolve into something more people want. Other books include Public Goods and Market Failures, The Theory of Market Failure, Explorations in the New Monetary Economics, Risk and Business Cycles, Economic Welfare, and New Theories of Market Failure.


Cowen's economic and political ideologies seem to stem largely from his background in the libertarian Austrian School. He has been classified as a "libertarian bargainer" - someone of libertarian ideals who is not so radical that he cannot influence the "currently powerful" (Klein, December 22, 2003). This puts him closer to Friedrich Hayek than an anarcho-capitalist such as Murray Rothbard or an anti-establishmentarian like Ludwig von Mises. In a 2007 article entitled "The Paradox of Libertarianism," Cowen argued that libertarians "should embrace a world with growing wealth, growing positive liberty, and yes, growing government. We don’t have to favor the growth in government per se, but we do need to recognize that sometimes it is a package deal." His argument was subsequently criticized by Bryan Caplan, Justin Raimondo, and Christopher Westley.

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