Columns by Tyler Cowen

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My New York Times columns:


  1. February 3rd : Nips and Tucks and Big Budget Cuts
  2. March 16th : A Profession with an Egalitarian Core
  3. May 4th: To Fight Pandemics, Reward Research
  4. May 25th: On the Horizon, Five Reason to Smile
  5. June 22nd: Emerging Markets Hitting a Wall
  6. July 20th: Wealth Taxes: A Future Battleground



  1. October 13th: The Blurry Line Between Makers and Takers

  2. December 2nd: Europe' Avoidable Collision Course
  3. December 22nd: In the Fiscal Debate, a Little Symbolism Can Go a Long Way



  1. January 29th: Innovation Is Doing Little for Incomes

  2. March 5th: It’s Time to Face the Fiscal Illusion

  3. April 16th: Euro vs. Invasion of the Zombie Banks

  4. May 28th: Can I See Your License, Registration and C.P.U.?

  5. July 9th: Choices for Greece, All of Them Daunting

  6. Aug 20th: The Sad Statistic That Trumps the Others

  7. Oct 1st: The Problem With ‘No New Taxes’

  8. Nov 12th: Whatever Happened to Discipline and Hard Work?

  9. December 24th: From the Fed, a Shield Against Europe



  1. January 2nd: Fruitful Decade for Many in the World

  2. February 6th: Why Politics is Stuck in the Middle

  3. March 12th: Managed Care: Get Used to It

  4. April 16th: Can't Cut Spending? Look Around the Globe

  5. May 21st: How Will Greece Get Off the Dole?

  6. July 17th: What Germany Knows About Debt

  7. Aug 14th: Free Parking Comes at a Price

  8. Sept 18th: Can the Fed Offer a Reason to Cheer?

  9. Oct 30th: How Immigrants Create More Jobs

  10. Dec 11th: Following the Money, Doctors Ration Care



  1. January 31st: Recession Can Change a Way of Life

  2. March 1st: Message to Regulators: Bank Fix Needed Quickly

  3. April 4th: Why Creditors Should Suffer Too

  4. May 9th: There’s Work to Be Done, but Congress Opts Out

  5. June 13th: Something’s Got to Give in Medicare Spending

  6. August 1st: How a Little Inflation Could Help a Lot

  7. Sept 12th: Where Politics Don’t Belong

  8. October 25th: How an Insurance Mandate Could Leave Many Worse Off

  9. November 28th: Dangers of an Overheated China



  1. January 13th: So We Thought. But Then Again...

  2. February 17th: It's an Election, Not a Revolution

  3. March 23rd: It's Hard to Thaw a Frozen Market

  4. April 27th: Freer Trade Could Fill the World's Rice Bowl

  5. June 8th: This Global Show Must Go On

  6. July 20th: Means Testing, for Medicare

  7. August 23rd: Finding the Mess Behind the Mess

  8. September 13th: Too Few Regulations? No, Just Ineffective Ones

  9. October 17th: Three Trends and a Train Wreck

  10. November 8th: The Mood Always Matters, So Restore Confidence First

  11. November 21st: The New Deal Did Not Always Work, Either

  12. December 26th: Bailout of Long-Term Capital: A Bad Precedent?



  1. January 25th: Incomes and Inequality: What the Numbers Don't Tell Us

  2. March 22nd: Abolishing the Middlemen Won't Make Health Care a Free Lunch

  3. April 19th: Matrimony Has Its Benefits, and Divorce Has a Lot To Do With That

  4. May 17th: Why Is Income Inequality in America So Pronounced? Consider Education

  5. June 14th: The Loose Reins on U.S. Teenagers Can Produce Trouble or Entrepreneurs

  6. July 12th: A Way for Resource-Rich Countries to Audit Their Way out of Corruption

  7. September 9th: It's Monetary Policy not a Morality Play

  8. October 28th: To Know Contractors, Know Government

  9. December 2nd: The Dollar is Falling, and That's Good News



  1. April 20th: Enter the Neuro-Economists: Why Do Investors Do What They Do?

  2. May 18th: A Contrarian Look at Whether U.S. Chief Executives Are Overpaid

  3. June 15th: Investing in Good Deeds Without Checking the Prospectus

  4. July 13th: In the Language of Gastronomy, Those Michelin Stars Translate as Dollar Signs

  5. August 10th: Microloans May Work, but There Is Dispute in India Over Who Will Make Them

  6. September 7th: China Is Big Trouble for the U.S. Balance of Trade, Right? Well, Not So Fast

  7. October 5th: Poor U.S. Scores in Health Care Don't Measure Nobels and Innovation

  8. November 2nd: What Makes a Nation Wealthy? Maybe It's the Working Stiff

  9. November 20th: The Immigration Answer? It's in Mexico's Classrooms

  10. December 28th: Universal 401(k) Accounts Would Bring the Poor Into the Ownership Society

My Slate columns:

  1. September 6th, 2005: A conversation regarding Barbara Ehrenreich's "Bait and Switch" -- Tyler Cowen to Alan Wolfe (Part One), Alan Wolfe to Tyler Cowen (Part Two), Tyler Cowen to Alan Wolfe (Part Three), Alan Wolfe to Tyler Cowen (Part Four),

  2. March 2nd, 2006: Octavia Butler: The Outsider Who Changed Science Fiction.

  3. April 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2006: An Economist Visits New Orleans -- Part One, Part Two, Part Three (with Dan Rothschild), and Part Four.

  4. May 15th, 2006: What Are Independent Bookstores Really Good For?

  5. November 1st, 2006: Can You Really Save the Planet at the Dinner Table?

  6. June 13th, 2007: Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition -- Or Do They?  A Look at Nassim Taleb's The Black Swan