About George R. Tyler

“Families in other rich democracies like Australia or Germany continued to live the American Dream even as it evaporated at home, dissipated by wage stagnation, widening income disparities, and credit bubbles. These books provide a deep and rich explanation of how they accomplished what Americans have been told is impossible.”

Author of What Went Wrong and Billionaire Democracy, George R. Tyler is an economist who brings a varied background as an American and international government official and successful entrepreneur in the U.S. and Europe. He examines the troubled American economy from a uniquely international perspective. George dissects the Reagan era in assessing why American employees and their families have failed to prosper. He draws on his foreign experience to determine why families in other rich democracies have continued living the American Dream that is lost to US families.

And he draws on his economics training to offer a set of realistic and workable recommendations based on lessons from nations like Australia and Germany for returning the American Dream to US children. George began his career working in the United States Congress as an economic adviser to Senators Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota and Lloyd M. Bentsen of Texas and as Senior Economist on the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Appointed by President Clinton as a Deputy Treasury Assistant Secretary in 1993, George worked closely with international financial institutions and in 1995 became a senior official at the World Bank.

Turning to the private sector in 1997, George founded a real estate investment firm, which has developed a number of resort-residential subdivisions in Virginia.

Returning to international issues in 1998, George coauthored a concept paper calling for establishment of a unique public/private collaboration to accelerate R&D on medicines for neglected diseases of the developing world. Adopted as a major element of Doctors Without Borders’ Access to Essential Medicines Campaign, the concept was embodied in a Geneva-based NGO launched in 2003 called the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (dndi.org). George served on the DNDi Audit Committee from 2003-2011 and continues to serve on the Audit Committee of DNDi (North America).

George is active in the Washington-based NGO Bikes for the World (BfW), serving as board Treasurer (bikesfortheworld.org). Partnering with a number of organizations abroad, BfW collects more than ten thousand used bicycles and parts each year for recycling to nations in the Caribbean, Central America, Asia, and Africa. Its domestic partners include Chicago-based Working Bike Cooperative (workingbikes.org), REI, and numerous local bicycle shops. George attended the University of Colorado and the Ph.D program in economics at the University of Virginia.

Publications by George R. Tyler


How to Establish More Balance in the Top-Heavy US Economy
January 21, 2019, The Globalist  https://www.theglobalist.com/us-europe-capitalism-inequality-codetermination/

The Codetermination Difference
January 10, 2019, American Prospect    https://prospect.org/article/codetermination-difference

June 22, 2018, Overview in Blog

What European Democracies Can Teach America
22 June, 2018, Social Europe Journal   https://www.socialeurope.eu/what-european-democracies-can-teach-america

Fake News and the Fairness Doctrine
23 May 2018, Social Europe Journal   https://www.socialeurope.eu/fake-news-and-the-fairness-doctrine

 Codetermination Enters the American Political Debate
20 April, 2018, Social Europe Journal, https://www.socialeurope.eu/codetermination-enters-the-american-political-debate

Social Media Platforms Should Tell the Truth
26 March 2018, Social Europe Journal    https://www.socialeurope.eu/social-media-platforms-should-tell-the-truth

US Campaign Finance: Reining In America’s Oligarchs
February 8, 2018, The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/united-states-democracy-elections-corruption/

American Democracy Sold To the Highest Bidder
30 January, 2018,  Social Europe Journal    https://www.socialeurope.eu/american-democracy-sold-highest-bidder

Trump: Reaganomics Redux
22nd November 2016, Social Europe Journal  https://www.socialeurope.eu/trump-reaganomics-redux

How to defeat Trump in the American Heartland
July 27, 2016, The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/how-to-defeat-trump-in-the-american-heartland/

Why US Democrats Must Derail Republican Party Nationalist Populism with Economic Populism
15 February 2016 Social Europe Journal    https://www.georgertyler.com/blog/op-ed-why-us-democrats-must-derail-republican-party-nationalist-populism-with-economic-populism 

Labor Day: Good Time To Readdress Pay And Collective Bargaining
7 September 2015, Social Europe Journal   https://www.socialeurope.eu/labor-day-good-time-readdress-pay-collective-bargaining

Why We Need a Cultural Revolution in American Capitalism
10 August 2015, Social Europe Journal   https://www.georgertyler.com/blog/why-we-need-a-cultural-revolution-in-american-capitalism

America needs better pay before longer hours
July 15, 2015 The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/americans-minimum-wages-pay-employment/

Hillary’s Fidelity to Reaganomics
July 13, 2015 The Globalist    https://www.theglobalist.com/hillarys-fidelity-to-reaganomics/ 

Can the U.S. Close its International Wage Gap?
A generational effort is required to restore growth in U.S. wages.
March 5, 2015, The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/can-the-united-states-close-the-international-wage-gap/    

Why President Obama Needs To Reframe The Wage Debate
28 November 2014, Social Europe Journal   https://www.socialeurope.eu/president-obama-2

President Obama Is Emulating Buchanan Instead Of Lincoln
21 July 2014, Social Europe Journal  https://www.socialeurope.eu/president-obama

The Best News Democrats Will Hear This Summer: Evidence Confirms That Open Primaries Dilute Tea Party Extremism
August 1, 2014, Bog article     https://www.georgertyler.com/blog/the-best-news-democrats-will-hear-this-summer-evidence-confirms-that-open-primaries-dilute-tea-party-extremism

U.S. Household Wealth: A Lost Generation
April 24, 2014 The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/u-s-household-wealth-a-lost-generation/

Want to fix income inequality?  Relink wages to productivity
April 24, 2014, The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/income-inequality-wages-united-states/

America’s manufacturing renaissance?
April 20, 2014, The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/americas-manufacturing-renaissance/

What America can learn from Europe about income inequality
March 18, 2014, Salon    https://www.salon.com/2014/03/18/what_america_can_learn_from_europe_about_income_inequality_partner/

What misfiring America can learn from Europe
March 13, 2014   The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/america-europe-minimum-wages/ 

Britain’s, Not France’s, Middle Class Is Being ‘Run Into the Dust’
20 February 2014, Social Europe Journal, https://www.socialeurope.eu/middle-class 

Attacking the new normal of Secular Stagnation
January 2, 2014, The Globalist   https://www.theglobalist.com/attacking-new-normal-secular-stagnation/

How Quarterly Capitalism Stifles Investment and Wages
Oct 24, 2013, Social Europe Journal (reprinted by Duke U Business School), https://faculty.fuqua.duke.edu/~charvey/Media/2013/SEJ_October_24_2013.pdf

Washington Dysfunction can be precisely dated: 25 January 2001
Nov 12, 2013, Social Europe Journal