Announcing the 2017 Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award Winner: Tyler Cowen

Cowen first attended a FEE seminar at the age of 13 in 1975, when he was reading The Freeman.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Tyler Cowen is the winner of the fourth annual Leonard E. Read Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes the unique professional and personal achievements of FEE alumni who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the cause of liberty. It is the highest honor presented to a FEE alumnus or alumna.

As FEE President Lawrence W. Reed said,

Since attending a FEE seminar four decades ago, Tyler Cowen has blossomed into one of the top economists in the world. His speaking and writing have turned on many minds to ways in which voluntary association, entrepreneurship and free exchange can solve problems that only fester when governments are in charge.

Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Faculty Director of the Mercatus Center. He received his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1987.

Cowen is the author of several books. His book The Great Stagnation: How America Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better was a New York Times bestseller. His last book, The Complacent Class, was published in February and has already made numerous bestseller lists. Cowen also co-writes a blog at and he has recently initiated an online economics education project,

Cowen has been recognized by international magazines for his work. He was recently named in a The Economist poll as one of the most influential economists of the last decade. Foreign Policy Magazine named him as one of its "Top 100 Global Thinkers" of 2011, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek dubbed him "America's Hottest Economist" a few years ago.

Cowen first attended a FEE seminar at the age of 13 in 1975, when he was reading The Freeman. He has continued working with FEE through his writings, which you can read here.

While Dr. Cowen was unfortunately unable to join us at FEEcon 2017, he sent his regards from China. See his acceptance video below or on YouTube.

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