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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 joined New York University’s Stern School of Business as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics in September 2007. He was appointed Clinical Associate Professor of Economics in September 2009, and was promoted to Clinical (Full) Professor of Economics in 2019. He teaches economics in the undergraduate and full-time, part-time, and executive M.B.A. programs. He was awarded Stern's Distinguished Teaching Award for Pedagogical Innovation in 2011. Professor Bowmaker was named in Poets & Quants' inaugural 2017 list of "Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professors" across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Bowmaker studies the working lives of economists to understand their contribution to the field and to society as a whole. 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.

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 U.K. Economist at HSBC Markets in London, and was an economist at the British Government Economic Service and Cambridge Econometrics, a consultancy based in England that specializes in applied economic modeling and data analysis techniques.

Professor Bowmaker received his M.A. in Economics (First Class Honors) from the University of Aberdeen, his M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Cambridge and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of St Andrews.

Research Interests

  • Professors and policymakers in economics

Courses Taught

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Firms and Markets
  • Health Economics
  • Public Policy and Business Strategy
  • 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