The winners of the first EconTalk essay contest  comparing Mokyr  and Cowen’s  vision of the future are Dallas Weaver , Eric Mustin , and Scott Atherley . Rather than pick a single winner, I picked three, because each essay had something I really liked. Each author will receive a signed copy of my book, The Price of Everything plus a volume of Bastiat from Liberty Fund. You can read each essay using the links I’ve attached to the winners’ names above. I want to thank all of the people who took time to write. The essays were excellent and I had a tough time picking three. New contest tomorrow on the Pritchett episode .