Simon Bowmaker

Simon Bowmaker

Joined Stern 2007

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-58
New York, NY 10012

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Simon Bowmaker is a Clinical Professor of Economics at the Stern School of Business, New York University, where he teaches economics in the undergraduate and full-time, part-time, and executive MBA programs. His teaching awards include Stern’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Pedagogical Innovation in 2011; being named in Poets & Quants’ inaugural 2017 list of “Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professors” across the United States, Canada, and Europe; and being the recipient of a Great Professor award from the NYU Stern Executive MBA Class of 2024 cohort.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Bowmaker studies the working lives of economists to understand their contribution to the field and to society. This interest has led to his 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). His first book, Economics Uncut: A Complete Guide to Life, Death and Misadventure (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005), applied economics to controversial and unconventional markets. His latest book project (scheduled for publication in 2025), Fed Reckoning: Conversations on America’s Central Bank, is under contract with Yale University Press. Work from his books has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, Business Insider, and Nature.

Prior to joining Stern, Professor Bowmaker 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. Whilst at Stern, he has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Stanford University, Imperial College London, and the London School of Economics.

Before pursuing an academic career, he served as UK Economist at HSBC Markets in London, and was an economist at the British Government Economic Service and Cambridge Econometrics. Professor Bowmaker received his MA in Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Aberdeen, his MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and his PhD in Economics from the University of St Andrews.

Research Interests

  • Professors and policymakers in economics
  • Economics institutions

Courses Taught

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Firms and Markets
  • Microeconomics with Algebra
  • Microeconomics with Calculus
  • Sports Economics
  • The Making of Economic Policy in the White House

Academic Background

M.A., Economics
University of Aberdeen

M.Phil, Economics
University of Cambridge

Ph.D., Economics
University of St. Andrews