DAVID WEBBER: Cowen is thought-provoking, yet frustrating

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:06 a.m. CST, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, is gaining attention for a simple and powerful idea but one that might take us down a wrong public policy path. The simple idea is that America’s slow rate of scientific innovation for several generations is a major cause of a multidecade economic stagnation.