Cowen Named Holbert Harris Chair

Posted: June 19, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Economics professor Tyler Cowen has been named the Holbert Harris chair in the Economics Department. Cowen follows Virginia’s first Nobel Laureate James Buchanan, who held the chair for the past 16 years. Buchanan retired from George Mason last September.

“It’s a very big honor to succeed James Buchanan, who has made this position very prestigious,” says Cowen. “This appointment is a highlight in my career.”

Cowen, who graduated from George Mason in 1983 and has been teaching at the university since 1989, is also the director of the James M. Buchanan Center for Political Economy and the Mercatus Center. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard in 1989. Cowen is the author of What Price Fame?, In Praise of Commercial Culture, and Explorations in the New Monetary Economics.

The Harris Chair was created in 1982 with a grant from the Harris Charitable Foundation and Trust and named in memory of Virginia businessman Holbert L. Harris.

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