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All Roads Lead to Open Borders: Slides

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Here are the slides from today's talk on my graphic novel.  Enjoy!

P.S. Comments welcome.

COMMENTS (5 to date)
David R Henderson writes:
George writes:

Can you expand on:
"Trust is overrated –and so is trust persistence"

My understanding is that social capital & social trust are important and have a lot of positive externalities and economic benefits.

I've seen them used in explaining why the Nordic model works so well despite the heavy taxation.

Also according to people like Robert Putnam diversity reduces overall social trust. It would seem preferable to live in a high trust country like Sweden instead of a low trust country like Brazil. If we are to believe people like Acemoglu about the importance of state institutions then a higher trust society is also more preferable since it's institutions should be more resistant to corruption. It's not an accident that Brazil has terribly corrupt institutions while Sweden much less so.

I haven't had a chance to look it up yet but I'd be surprised if overall crime per capita weren't lower in high trust places vs. low trust societies.

B Krishnan writes:


This is just incredible. The way the novel concisely and entertainingly explains the pros of open borders is awesome.

We need this novel asap. I know that The Case Against Education is also an important book tackling an all-pervasive issue, but i feel a graphic novel like this can really change many a layman's mind.

Sanghyeon writes:

George, Caplan wrote about Robert Putnam's diversity-trust finding here: Trust and Diversity.

Summary: "Diversity's so unimportant for trust, you might not mention it at all". This is not Caplan's result; this is Putnam's result.

Steve Z writes:

Consider in the future reducing the amount of text on your slides. People tend to fixate on a slide if one is presented, meaning that they will be reading and not listening if your slides summarize your whole talk.

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