Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Big Question: Does Tyler Cowen Think He is Good Looking?

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen links to a research paper,  Do Looks Matter for an Academic Career in Economics?

From the abstract:


Cowen, received his PhD in economics from Harvard University, is an economics professor at George Mason University, where he holds the Holbert L. Harris chair in economics. He writes the "Economic Scene" column for The New York Times and since July 2016 has been a regular opinion columnist at Bloomberg Opinion.  He is chairman and faculty director of George Mason's Mercatus Center.

He was ranked at number 72 among the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" in 2011 by Foreign Policy Magazine and iIn a 2011 poll of experts by The Economist, Cowen was included in the top 36 nominations of "which economists were most influential over the past decade."

Cowen appears to concur with the paper. He writes:
Lookism of course remains the great vice, and arguably it is worst among many of those who fight against other “isms.”


  1. I remember when George Carlin first reported on the term "lookism". I thought that was the joke:

    From one of his books, "lookism" starts at 4:27

  2. He’s blandly cute, but nowhere near as attractive as Kennedy, young Reagan, Newsom, etc.

    Kristi Noem seems to be one of the few politicians raising hell!

  3. Some people get by on their looks and overall charisma (Krugman, Cowen), while others have to work harder to get by on mere talent and ability (Hayek, Mises, Rothbard, Hoppe).
    Short people and bald people also have it tougher...enough "unfairness" to go around...

  4. He is a horse's ass Bob, and we should all stop giving him bandwidth. He belongs in USA Today and Time magazine.