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Description: Tyler Cowen occupies the Holbert C. Harris Chair of economics as a professor at George Mason University and is co-author, with Alex Tabarrok, of the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution. He currently writes the "Economic Scene" column for the New York Times and for magazines such as The New Republic. Cowen graduated in 1983 with a B.S. from George Mason and received his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1987, where he was mentored by 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics winner, game theorist, and Harvard professor Thomas Schelling. Cowen's primary research interest is the economics of culture and has written books on fame, art, and cultural trade.