Tyler Cowen (Wikipedia) is an economist at George Mason University, general director of Mercatus Center, and blogger at Marginal Revolution. Cowen is a supporter of more liberal migration policies, but a vocal critic of radical open borders and its advocates. Cowen has in particular sparred frequently with open borders advocate Bryan Caplan. Cowen’s arguments against open borders advocates have received significant pushback from open borders advocates.
Some posts by Cowen, with responses (many of these are linked from our pages on moderate versus radical open borders, moral versus practical arguments):
- Why open borders won’t work. See also the response Tyler Cowen’s not too convincing argument against open borders by Nathan Smith, Open Borders, February 18, 2013.
- Inconvenient questions about immigration
- The Open Borders attack
- The labor market effects of immigration and emigration from OECD countries, October 7, 2013. This got many responses:
- In response to Tyler Cowen by Nathan Smith, Open Borders: The Case, October 7, 2013.
- When Is Abolitionism Justified? by Bryan Caplan, EconLog, October 8, 2013.
- Contra Tyler Cowen, closed borders should scare people by John Lee, Open Borders: The Case, October 10, 2013.
- What I would like from Tyler Cowen by Vipul Naik, Open Borders: The Case, November 5, 2013.
- Why cosmopolitanism is utopian but useful nonetheless, February 14, 2014. Responses forthcoming.