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Bryan Caplan: July 2006

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The Joy of Oblivion

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Will Wilkinson has a great demolition of the New Economics Foundations' Happy Planet Index. The magic formula: "Multiply life expectancy by life satisfaction and divide it by environmental impact." Here's Will: I worry that much of the happiness work is... MORE

When Is Entry "Easy"?

Microeconomics
Bryan Caplan
Is it "easy" to enter the market for tomatoes? In a sense, yes: Just plant some tomato seeds, pick the ones that grow, and you're "in the market." But in another sense, no: You'd have to grow a lot of... MORE

True Love and the International Marriage Market

Information Goods, Intellectual Property
Bryan Caplan
Tyler asks his readers to help a 51-year-old American male find a high-quality wife in the international marriage market: What traits should he look for in a foreign woman? He should avoid countries which lost the Cold War. Avoid women... MORE

The Los Angeles Liquor Puzzle

Regulation and Subsidies
Bryan Caplan
There's a lot less economic freedom in my state of origin, California, than in my state of residence, Virginia. According to the Pacific Research Institute's rankings, the state of California comes in 49 out of 50th. Virginia comes in 3rd.... MORE

From Comic-Con to Econ

Labor Market
Bryan Caplan
Last week, when Econlog readers had the good luck to get Eric Crampton as a guest blogger, I had the good luck to find myself at Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention. I must not be quite the nerd... MORE

My Student's Real Economist Letter

Economic Education
Bryan Caplan
My former student, Isaac DiIanni, wrote the lead letter in the current issue of the Economist. Congratulations, Isaac - yet another way my students have surpassed me. :-)... MORE

Welcome Guest Blogger Eric Crampton

Economic Education
Bryan Caplan
I'll be on vacation in Southern California for the next two weeks, and out of internet contact for most of the first. But never fear, the excellent Prof. Eric Crampton of the University of Canterbury in New Zealand will be... MORE

Tyler is once again handing out career advice to potential Ph.D. students in economics. I stand by my previous claim (here and here) that he makes some good points, but is far too negative. Where does Tyler go wrong? His... MORE

Intelligence and Economic Beliefs

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
One of the clearest facts about economic beliefs is that more educated people think more like economists. A lot of economists say their experience in academia completely contradicts this, but (a) the highly-educated folks who hang around universities are heavily... MORE

Socialist Hate Speech of Antiquity

Economic History
Bryan Caplan
Toward the end of the fifth century c.e., another religious reform movement was launched by Mazdak. It came in 497... Mazdak asked King Kobad (488-531) the question, "How do you judge a man who has the antidote but does not... MORE

All Things Caplan

Economic Education
Bryan Caplan
I have updated my CV and my Academic Economics page. With the exception of my book (for which only the Preface and Chapter 1 are available), you can now download virtually any research I've done during the past nine years.... MORE

My Fake Economist Article

Economics and Culture
Bryan Caplan
As you probably know, I am an openly nerdy man. These days, my nerdiest activity is being the Game Master for a bunch of economists who pretend to be super-heroes. No joke! We use my modified version of the Hero... MORE

A Nice Statement of My Position on IP

Information Goods, Intellectual Property
Bryan Caplan
Some economists would argue that any contracts voluntarily entered into should be enforced. That is what lead them to argue that, if I agree not to redistribute your book, then I should be bound by that agreement. In this view,... MORE

What Does Your Ideology Say About You?

Politics and Economics
Bryan Caplan
Speaking at the Public Choice Outreach seminar this afternoon, Robin Hanson repeated an hypothesis he's been entertaining for a while: Liberals are trying to show that they are caring; conservatives are trying to show that they are tough. Perhaps, but... MORE

Self-Control and Civilization

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I'm not surprised that Brad DeLong shares my love of the great computer game Civilization: I'm tempted to jump in and head-butt the libertarian: If you were to ask a compulsive gambler if he really wanted to waste his life,... MORE

What We Owe Immigrants

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
When I re-wrote a scene from The Edukators, I was expecting some opponent of immigration to try to use it against me. Dennis Mangan has taken the bait: Toward the end, we get this: Jan: Now you're changing the subject.... MORE

The Gender Gap of Economics: Knowledge vs. Interest

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I just submitted my latest paper, "The Gender Gap of Economics: Why Do Men Think More Like Economists?" to Social Science Quarterly. Unfortunately, in order to get under SSQ's 30-page limit, I had to cut my favorite figure. Here it... MORE

The Lamentable Teddy Roosevelt

Economic History
Bryan Caplan
Time has put Teddy Roosevelt on the cover of its 5th Annual Special Issue, and the coverage stretches the limits of sycophancy. It reminds me of my high school history textbook, which praised any President who backed new regulations or... MORE

Political Irrationality and the Brain

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I think that brain research is overrated. A lot of it does little more than confirm the obvious points that (a) unusual people have unusual brains; (b) people doing unusual things have unusual brain states. If nuns had unusual brains,... MORE

The Edukators

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
No, this isn't another post on simplified spelling. The Edukators is a German movie about anti-capitalism protestors who break into rich people's houses, re-arrange their furniture in the spirit of Dadaism, and leave a note saying "You have too much... MORE

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