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Gary Becker on Economic and Social Policy

24 Sep
Speaking before an audience of mainly University of Chicago alumni in the halls of the International Monetary Fund, Chicago School Nobel Laureate Gary Becker addressed education reform, human capital, immigration, and the thoughts of Austrian-ish economist Tyler Cowan:

The event left a little to be desired.  Becker’s remarks were a little nebulous and less than tart, in contradiction to what he promised in his prologue.  If you were familiar with the topics you could fill in the blanks or repair to his written works.  The questions were almost uniformly disappointing.

Becker is asked a question about Tyler Cowan’s statement on whether all the “low hanging fruit” in terms of investments in human capital have been found in the American economy, and answers a question on whether all the “low hanging fruit” in terms of economic research and PhD topics has been picked.



(This is around 35 minutes of Becker talking followed by 35 minutes of Q&A.  So until you see around 8 pieces of video loaded here it isn’t all up.  You can check the YouTube playlist Life of the Mind and see if the rest is there yet if interested.)


New Tyler Cowan book on meritocracy

12 Sep

Professor Tyler Cowen Declares ‘Average Is Over’ in New Book

Posted: September 12, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: September 12, 2013 at 6:58 am

By Buzz McClain @ GMU.edu

Tyler Cowen. Mercatus Center photo

Tyler Cowen.
Mercatus Center photo

A new book released this week by George Mason University economics professor and bestselling author Tyler Cowen explores how new technologies affect the economy and influence culture as society grows ever more dependent on machines.

Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation” (Dutton), the sequel to his 2011 book, “The Great Stagnation,” tackles a number of issues relevant to today’s global economic developments, including education, jobs and wages, and even the evolution of human emotions. In “Average Is Over,” Cowen, who was called “America’s hottest economist” by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, advises readers on how to live with, and prosper in, the Great Stagnation.

Cowen, a regular contributor to a variety of publications including the New York Times, is the Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason and is co-author, with Mason professor Alex Tabarrok, of the blog Marginal Revolution, and co-founder, also with Tabarrok, of Marginal Revolution University, which offers economics courses. He is also director of the Mercatus Center at Mason. A renowned lover of ethnic cuisine, Cowen is the author of last year’s An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies.


Write to Buzz McClain at bmcclai2@gmu.edu

“An Economist Gets Lunch” by Tyler Cowen

3 Apr

 “An Economist Gets Lunch” by Tyler Cowen

When:  Back to CalendarApril 3, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington,VA 22201
USA
Cost: Free
Contact: 703-228-6321
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New York Times bestselling author Tyler Cowen discusses everything from slow food to fast food, from agriculture to gourmet culture, from modernist cuisine to how to pick the best street vendor.Cowenpic

In “An Economist Gets Lunch,” the George Mason University economics professor shows why airplane food is bad but airport food is good; why restaurants full of happy, attractive people serve mediocre meals; and why American food has improved as Americans drink more wine. And most important of all, he shows how to get good, cheap eats just about anywhere.
Keeping with the theme of this event, local food trucks will be vending outside the library at 6 p.m.
Copies of “An Economist Gets to Lunch” will be available for sale and signing at this event.
Presented in partnership with the Mercatus Center, George Mason University.

“An Economist Gets Lunch” by Tyler Cowen

1 Apr

 “An Economist Gets Lunch” by Tyler Cowen

When:  Back to CalendarApril 3, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 North Quincy Street
Arlington,VA 22201
USA
Cost: Free
Contact: 703-228-6321
Categories:

New York Times bestselling author Tyler Cowen discusses everything from slow food to fast food, from agriculture to gourmet culture, from modernist cuisine to how to pick the best street vendor.












In “An Economist Gets Lunch,” the George Mason University economics professor shows why airplane food is bad but airport food is good; why restaurants full of happy, attractive people serve mediocre meals; and why American food has improved as Americans drink more wine. And most important of all, he shows how to get good, cheap eats just about anywhere.
Keeping with the theme of this event, local food trucks will be vending outside the library at 6 p.m.
Copies of “An Economist Gets to Lunch” will be available for sale and signing at this event.
Presented in partnership with the Mercatus Center, George Mason University.