About Us

We believe economics has the power to change the way you see the world.

That’s right. We said you. In fact, at Marginal Revolution University (MRU for short!), we believe there’s an inner economist in all of us.

Which is why we are on a mission to provide a world-class economics education to everyone, everywhere for free. At the end of the day, we’re all learners, so whether you’re a student, instructor, or generally curious (aren’t we all?), Marginal Revolution University promises to:

  • Develop your inner economist with engaging, thought-provoking ways of looking at everyday problems
  • Support teachers with engaging materials (lesson plans, interactive practice, news articles) based on how the brain actually works to help students retain information and apply it in new situations
  • Engage you! No boring lectures with made-up examples here. Be prepared to dive into the real-world applications of economics
  • Cut through the noise to bring you viewpoints from top experts in their field

We can’t wait to see where economics takes you.


About Us

Founded in 2012 by George Mason University economics professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution University is building the world’s largest online library of free economics education materials. Whether you teach high school economics, university-level economics, or want to learn economics, we've got something for you. 

Since 2003, Tyler and Alex have co-authored a popular economics blog called Marginal Revolution—hence the name of this educational platform. What is the “marginal revolution,” exactly? The term refers to an exciting time in the history of economics when several leading nineteenth-century thinkers (Walras, Menger, and Jevons) formalized what is now known as marginalism theory. In other words, thinking on the margin, which is something you too will master as you dive into MRU videos. We also like the idea that revolutions are made one idea and one person at a time.

Tyler and Alex are also authors of the widely used principles of economics textbooks, Modern Principles of Microeconomics and Modern Principles of Macroeconomics

Our small, distributed team operates out of Arlington, VA and around the globe to create Marginal Revolution University content that’s used worldwide (interested in joining us?). 

And yes, as a non-profit, our resources are free(!) and easily accessible both on here and YouTube. For more information, see our terms of use. Questions? Ideas? We can’t wait to hear from you. Reach out to us at support@mru.org.