July 3, 2008 – Tyler Cowen

July 3, 2008

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Tyler Cowen
Professor of economics, George Mason University

What Should We Worry About?
What are the big problems
in the world today?

Which are the problems that are overrated or overblown?

In short: What Should We Worry About?

Tyler Cowen will give a far-ranging talk on how an economist thinks about the rest of
the century.

Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University and Center for the Study of Public Choice. He is director of both the James Buchanan Center and the Mercatus Center

His newest book is Discover Your Inner Economist: Use Incentives to Fall in Love, Survive Your Next Meeting, and Motivate Your Dentist. Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor ofFreakonomics, called it “Fast, furious, and fun, with great examples of how to apply economic thinking to nontraditional subjects.”

And James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, described Cowen as “[An] economist who’s a wonderfully entertaining writer but also a deeply humane thinker will show you how thinking better can actually help you live better.”

Cowen last spoke at Junto in September 2006.

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

Location:
General Society Library
20 West 44th St.
Between 5th & 6th avenues, near Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.,
B, D, F, V to 42nd St. – Sixth Ave., or
1, 2, 3, 9, N, Q, R, S, or W to Times Square – 42nd St.

Admission is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

Our founder and host is Victor Niederhoffer, publisher (with Laurel Kenner) of Daily Speculations.

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