Fairfax Economics Faculty

Hear what they have to say about Mason Korea

When you spend your year on the Fairfax campus, you will have an opportunity to study with many more faculty members of the economics department in Fairfax. Here are a few of these faculty and their thoughts about George Mason University, Korea.

George Mason economics studies globalization, and I am delighted to see that study being turned into reality through the Economics program at George Mason Korea. I have visited the students, was impressed, and look forward to further interactions. — Tyler Cowen 

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen has a Ph.D in economics from Harvard University and is currently a professor of economics at George Mason University. He has edited the volume Public Goods and Market Failures, and has written Explorations in the New Monetary Economics with Randall Kroszner. His most recent book, The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream was published January 2017. Tyler writes a column for Bloomberg View and contributes daily to The MarginalRevolution blog. His very popular ethnic dining guide for Washington, DC, spotlights restaurants in the Maryland, Virginia, DC area.


I am always excited to work with our students from the Mason Korea campus. I admire their talent, commitment, and enthusiasm as they pursue their academic goals. From that energy, my colleagues and I are inspired every day  to create an educational environment that consistently provides full access to all that Mason has to offer from high quality classroom experiences to opportunities for students to do their own independent research. — Jason Dunick

Jason Dunick

Jason Dunick started as the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Economics Department in 2012. Prior to that, he has taught at a wide variety of institutions from a large flagship university to a small liberal arts college. He has extensive experience in teaching and advising in economics. He is also the primary advisor for students pursuing an undergraduate thesis in economics and is active in providing opportunity and support for undergraduate research in all areas of economics.


I had a great experience during my two semesters teaching at Mason Korea, and since I've returned to Fairfax it's been great to meet Mason Korea students thriving here. I run into MK students everywhere on campus. They tell me how well they're doing, how they're exploring the DC area, and I'm extremely happy to see how they're taking advantage of everything GMU has to offer. We're very lucky to have so many MK students here in Fairfax. — Garrett Jones

Garrett Jones

Garett Jones is Associate Professor of Economics and BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University. His research interests include macroeconomics, monetary economics, and the microfoundations of economic growth. His work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Economic Growth, and Critical Review. He has served as an associate editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, and wrote the preface to the Dictionary's 3rd edition. His first book, published in 2015 by Stanford University Press, is entitled Hive Mind: How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own. His second book, also with Stanford, will be published in 2020. It is entitled 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites a Little More and the Masses a Little Less.  In addition to his academic work, Garett has also served as Economic Policy Adviser to Senator Orrin Hatch and as a staff economist to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

The lesson of the pandemic is not that globalization is dangerous but that it is inevitable. Mason Korea gives George Mason students an outstanding opportunity to connect, understand and learn globally. We need this kind of learning as never before. Global problems require global solutions. — Alex Tabarrok 

Alex T Tabarrok

Alexander Tabarrok is Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center and Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He is the editor of a number of books including Entrepreneurial Economics: Bright Ideas from the Dismal Science, The Voluntary City: Choice, Community, and Civil Society (with D. Beito and P. Gordon) and Changing the Guard: Private Prisons and the Control of Crime. He is also co-author (with Daniel Klein) of the extensive web site on FDA policies and reform, FDAReview.org. Dr. Tabarrok's research includes papers in the theory of voting, political economy, and empirical law and economics.