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

September 12, 2013

 By Buzz McClain

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.