Simon W. Bowmaker

Clinical Associate Professor of Economics

New York University Stern School of Business

  (On Leave at the London School OF Economics, 2018-2019)


About Simon W. Bowmaker

Hello, I am a Clinical Associate Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University, where I teach a broad range of microeconomics courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs. Prior to joining NYU in 2007, I taught for several years at the University of Edinburgh and held visiting teaching positions at Florida State University, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Colorado Denver, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Queensland University of Technology in Australia. More recently, whilst at Stern, I have also taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Stanford University.

I am fascinated by the application of economics to controversial and unconventional markets, which formed the basis of my first book, Economics Uncut: A Complete Guide to Life, Death, and Misadventure (2005). I also have an interest in studying the working lives of economists, which led to my two most recent books, The Heart of Teaching Economics: Lessons from Leading Minds (2010) and The Art and Practice of Economics Research: Lessons from Leading Minds (2012), featuring face-to-face interviews with economists in Europe and the United States. Currently, I am working on my latest interview-based book project entitled, Economics in the White House: Conversations with Policymakers, which is under contract with MIT Press. 

Before pursuing an academic career, I served as UK Economist at HSBC Markets in London, and was an economist at the British Government Economic Service and Cambridge Econometrics, a consultancy that specializes in applied economic modeling and data analysis techniques.

I received an MA in Economics from the University of Aberdeen, an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Economics from the University of St Andrews. 

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I was born and raised in Sunderland, England, and remain a die-hard fan of the Black Cats.   


In this book, Simon Bowmaker offers a remarkable collection of conversations with leading economists about research in economics. He has selected a broad sample of the great economists of our time, including people whose perspective span most of the major subdivisions of economics research, from micro to macro, from theoretical to empirical, from rationalist to behavioral.

- From the foreword by Roger B. Myerson, University of Chicago, USA and 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics 

"Everyone remembers their favourite teacher.  The testimonies recorded here provide a great insight into the minds of some of the most popular and successful to have graced a lecture hall.  The range of styles is wide, but the theme of inspiration is common to all.  This book will be of tremendous interest to any aspiring teacher.  It will also appeal to anyone that wonders why their inspiration to understand economics still burns brightly so many years after their last lecture." 

- Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England

"If you thought you could hide your secrets from the prying eyes of economists, think again. From sex to drugs to gambling to crime, this book will show you how the tools of economics can be used to understand just about any human behavior. This book will assuredly be the unofficial economist’s guide to vice for the foreseeable future.

–Steven Levitt, University of Chicago and author of Freakonomics 




Microeconomics (Fall 2017)

Economics of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll (Fall 2017)

Health Economics (Fall 2017)

Transportation Economics (Spring 2018)

Psychology and Economics (Spring 2018)

Sports Economics (Spring 2018)


Monetary Policy and Banking (Spring 2009)

Economics of Global Business (Fall 2008)



Firms and Markets (Spring 2017)

Behavioral Economics (Spring 2016)

Sports Economics (Spring 2018)

Incentives and Governance in Organisations (Fall 2018)


The Global Economy (Spring 2011)