Simon W. Bowmaker

Clinical Professor of Economics

New York University Stern School of Business



About Simon W. Bowmaker

Hello, I am a Clinical Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University, where I teach a broad range of applied 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. Whilst at NYU, I have also taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University, Imperial College London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.  

Outside of the classroom, I study the working lives of economists to understand their contribution to the field and to society as a whole. This interest has led to my three most recent books, When the President Calls: Conversations with Economic Policymakers (MIT Press, 2019), The Art and Practice of Economics Research: Lessons from Leading Minds (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012), and The Heart of Teaching Economics: Lessons from Leading Minds (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010). My first book, Economics Uncut: A Complete Guide to Life, Death, and Misadventure (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005), applied economics to controversial and unconventional markets.  

Before pursuing an academic career, I worked as an economist in the UK at HSBC Markets, the Government Economic Service, and Cambridge Econometrics. 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.   


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“Simon Bowmaker's conversations with 35 economic advisers to presidents from Nixon to Trump brings the history and economics of the past 50 years to life in the most accessible way.”

–Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Financial Times

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 A. King, Governor of the Bank of England (2003-2013)

"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 D. Levitt, University of Chicago and co-author of Freakonomics 




Health Economics (Fall 2019)


Foundations of Behavioural Decision Science (Spring 2019)

Transportation Economics (Spring 2018)

Psychology and Economics (Spring 2018)

Sports Economics (Spring 2018)

Microeconomics (Fall 2017)

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

Monetary Policy and Banking (Spring 2009)

Economics of Global Business (Fall 2008)



Public Policy and Business Strategy (Fall 2019)

Firms and Markets (Fall 2019)

Sports Economics (Spring 2018)

Behavioral Economics (Spring 2016)


Incentives and Governance in Organisations (Fall 2018)

The Global Economy (Spring 2011)