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Bryan Caplan: May 2007

An Author Archive by Month (50 entries)

Educated Women Don't Like Globalization and Trade as Much as Educated Men

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Tyler misstates one of the conclusions of Burgoon and Hiscox's work on female protectionism. Contrary to Tyler, B&H don't find that educated women are more anti-foreign than other women. Instead, they find that educated women are more anti-foreign than educated... MORE

Cato Policy Analysis

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
My book has been excerpted as a Cato Policy Analysis.... MORE

RNN Reminder

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I'm supposed to be on RNN tonight at 8 PM. You can watch the videocast live.... MORE

Hanson: What's Worth Celebrating

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
I don't think I've ever quoted an entire post before, but today I'll make an exception for the incomparable Hanson: Today is Memorial Day. In a park near my home is a plaque that reads: We honor all those who... MORE

Princess Mahalanobis: Blog Baby

Microeconomics
Bryan Caplan
Believe it or not: This blog has given life to a baby girl! Michael Stastny, better known as Mahalanobis, has the story: My wife had a baby today, which implies with high probability that I had a baby today too.... MORE

Ouroboros?

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
One of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies: DONALD It's, like, I once saw this picture of a snake swallowing it's tail -- Kaufman collapses, puts his head in his hands. KAUFMAN Ourobouros. DONALD I don't know... MORE

MRV Update: The New York Times Magazine Review

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
The rumors are true - The Myth of the Rational Voter gets a write-up in tomorrow's New York Times Magazine. Here's tomorrow's story today: Caplan’s complaint is not that special-interest groups might subvert the will of the people, or that... MORE

Reply to Grier on Venezuela

Political Economy
Bryan Caplan
Kevin Grier replies to my reply to his MR post on Chavez. First, an apology: Bryan: Why in the world would you say my post was "calculated to offend"? In all honesty I find that labeling offensive.Sorry if the humor... MORE

Real Politics Live Update

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
My first domestic t.v. interview went well, but the airdate will probably be pushed to Monday. Rumor has it that Sunday's New York Times Magazine will mention me, so the producers thought it wise to wait and capitalize on the... MORE

Who's to Blame for Chavez?

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Kevin Grier, guest blogging on Marginal Revolution, makes an argument calculated to offend: In 1957, Venezuela's GDP per capita was 51% of the US, in 2003 it stood at 18.5% of the US. Existing institutions had no credibility with a... MORE

Me on Tomorrow's Real Politics Live

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I'm supposed to be interviewed tomorrow on RNN's Real Politics Live with Richard French. Just when I was getting comfortable with radio, I have to adapt to TV! P.S. If they put up a videocast, I'll link to it.... MORE

David Strom Interview

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Here's the podcast of my 40-minute Saturday interview with David Strom on Minneapolis's WWTC. Self-evaluation: Good performance by me thanks to a sympathetic host.... MORE

"Are Low-Skilled Americans the Master Race?" Flashback

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Bryan Caplan
How's this for Trackback delay - the Economist blog just referenced last year's controversial Econlog post "Are Low-Skilled Americans the Master Race?" In the process, it accidentally underscores the case for congestion charges: America or Europe could easily be demographically... MORE

Contrarian Result of the Day

Economics and Culture
Bryan Caplan
One of my best friends at Princeton was Gordon Dahl. He's the kind of guy who never says anything stronger than "My goodness." His favorite show, as far as I recall, was "Touched By An Angel." But now he's got... MORE

Borjas: What's His Problem?

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Bryan Caplan
George Borjas, the most academically reputable critic of immigration in economics, is now blogging. To be frank, I just don't get him. There isn't a decent economist alive who would oppose free trade in textiles by pointing out that it... MORE

Anarchy in the W.T.

Institutional Economics
Bryan Caplan
My co-author Ed Stringham has a nice op-ed on prosecutorial abuse and private law in today's Washington Times. Check it out.... MORE

Illegal Immigration and Political Culture

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Bryan Caplan
Several readers have asked me to discuss the effects of immigration on policy, and sometime in the next few weeks I'm going to satisfy their request. But here's a quick reaction to Arnold's approving (?) link to Bill Whittle's worries... MORE

Me on the BBC, Part II

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I was just on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves program. Here's the podcast - skip ahead about 20 minutes for my interview. Self-evaluation of my radio performance: Much improved. P.S. This is just a temporary URL; I'll post an update... MORE

The first draft of my graphic novel, Amore Infernale, is now complete. To say that it would be cool to have it illustrated and published is a great understatement. It would be... the coolest thing in the history of mankind!... MORE

#552!

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
My Amazon sales rank has hit #552. What Brad DeLong hears from David Romer carries great weight in this world. Verily.... MORE

A Childish Question About Immigration

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Bryan Caplan
I've often heard opponents of Latin American immigration complain that they're lowering our average IQ. Here's Tommy commenting on Tyler: What matters in a society, in any society, is a healthy mean IQ. I've noticed a tendency on this blog... MORE

I Heart Textbook Authors

Economic Education
Bryan Caplan
The wise Alex Tabarrok just pointed out a fun fact: My best book publicity is coming from textbook authors: Greg Mankiw David Romer via Brad Delong Alan Blinder Tyler and Alex himself (textbook in progress) If I taught classes with... MORE

Sailer's Challenge

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Bryan Caplan
Further down the comments on Tyler's piece on education, Steve Sailer asks a (seemingly) pointed question: Tyler, If you came flat out and told the truth -- that IQ matters a lot in terms of overall economic productivity and that... MORE

Economics of Education Over the Virtual Lunchtable

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
I haven't had a joint lunch with Robin Hanson and Tyler Cowen for two weeks, but we're having a substitute meal (minus food) in the MR comments section. Tyler: Income distribution thus depends on the balance between technological progress and... MORE

Few economists bother to explain in writing why other people's articles are a waste of time. Even fewer economists bother to explain in writing why entire journals are a waste of time. As far as I'm aware, in fact, there... MORE

Romney: A Failure of Imagination

Economics and Culture
Bryan Caplan
Mitt Romney: "I cannot imagine anything more awful than polygamy." Here's the clip, with Steven Colbert's hysterical response. Which reminds me: Season two of Big Love starts in June. If you missed the first season, see it ASAP. P.S. Have... MORE

Libertarians on The Godfather, Part II

Economics of Crime
Bryan Caplan
You've read Somin; now try Peter Klein.... MORE

Herrnstein and Murray's (HM) The Bell Curve famously reported that, controlling for cognitive ability, most or all of the black-white earnings gap disappears. An interesting chapter in Intelligence, Genes, and Success: Scientists Respond to The Bell Curve challenges this result... MORE

Should I Get LASIK?

Economics of Health Care
Bryan Caplan
Hansonian doubts aside, I've been thinking about getting LASIK (laser corrective eye surgery) for a couple of years. By making a small investment of discomfort and cash, I could save about 30 hours of time per year (cleaning glasses, doctor... MORE

Drum Roll Please...

Political Economy
Bryan Caplan
I've got an op-ed based on my book in today's Wall St. Journal! You'll soon see me at Wegmans buying a stack of ten copies.... MORE

A Sitdown with The Godfather

Economics of Crime
Bryan Caplan
My collaborator Ilya Somin has a fascinating post on the law and economics of The Godfather. It's a must read. My only quibble is that it overlooks this part: Michael: My father is no different than any powerful man, any... MORE

Penn and Teller had an interesting episode debunking the Americans With Disabilities Act and related regulations. But even a Non-Bleeding Heart Libertarian like myself spent most of the episode furrowing his brow in puzzlement. Penn and Teller appeared to be... MORE

Evolutionary Psychology and Economic Bias

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
One of the most common questions I get about my research on systematically biased beliefs about economics is: Yes, but why do people have these biases? Why do people underestimate the social benefits of the market? Why are they particularly... MORE

Defending Libertarian Coercion Arguments

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Arnold's a bit hasty to dismiss a compelling line of reasoning: Suppose that in community Libertopia, in response to customer preferences, all of the better restaurants ban smoking. In nearby community Paternafascista, there is a law that bans smoking in... MORE

Levitt Libertarians?

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Steve Levitt assures us: In general I am not much of a libertarian... But then he holds government policies up to a standard many can't meet: ...but our government’s policy towards gambling is completely idiotic and rife with internal contradictions.... MORE

Overcoming Signaling

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
Arnold makes a very interesting remark: I think that it is difficult for an entrepreneur to compete in the signalling market, because it is hard to establish the credibility of your signalling mechanism. I would go further. It is difficult... MORE

Education Signaling: Is Entrepreneurship a Solution?

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
Arnold repeats an earlier argument against the signaling model of education: I don't believe the signalling story, because of the point Wilkinson makes. If it costs $200,000 for a person to go to an elite private school, and this does... MORE

Me at Britannica Blog

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I'm guest blogging for the Britannica website. Topic: Economists Agree?!... MORE

Bottom Line Blinder

International Trade
Bryan Caplan
Alan Blinder's been making waves by fretting about outsourcing. But here's the bottom line, via Mankiw: After the Blinder-Bhagwati debate last week, there was a dinner at the Harvard Faculty Club at which Ben Friedman asked Alan a good question:... MORE

Giving Surveys a Bad Name: Women's Day on Mother's Pay

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I've never denied it: Some surveys are really stupid: If women ruled the world, stay-at-home moms would earn an annual salary equal to or more than $100,000. That’s according to a new poll from Woman’s Day magazine and AOL.com, which... MORE

Jimbo and Me

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales made the cover of Reason. I immediately remembered our protracted debate on Ayn Rand's meta-ethics on the Association for Systematic Philosphy's listserv (set up by the other Wikipedia co-founder, Larry Sanger) way back in the... MORE

Estonian Symbolism

Economic History
Bryan Caplan
I rarely care about symbolic issues, but for the Estonian statue controversy, I'll make an exception: Young Russians staged raucous protests in Moscow on Wednesday to denounce neighboring Estonia for removing a Soviet war memorial from its capital, and the... MORE

The World's Most Honest Politician?

Politics and Economics
Bryan Caplan
Quite possibly, it's this guy. He's straight out of last night's rerun of the Twilight Zone. HT: Eric Crampton... MORE

BBC Podcast

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Here's me on the BBC's "Thinking Allowed." Just skip ahead about two minutes to get started. I stumbled at the beginning, and I'm still kicking myself for it, but at least it was a learning experience. Hopefully I'll be posting... MORE

Arnold also writes: Pearce himself said, and I agree, that skepticism about climate models should increase one's concern about both tails. That is, the models may under-predict global warming. In fact, that is my number one concern with the issue.... MORE

Trust the Experts: A Reasonable, Defeasible Presumption

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Arnold writes: It is not the scientific consensus that makes me believe that there is a link between smoking and cancer. It is the evidence for such a link that is compelling. It is the weakness of the evidence of... MORE

Me on the BBC

Economic Education
Bryan Caplan
I'm going to be on the BBC's "Thinking Allowed" program tomorrow at 11 AM EST, 4 PM London time. In case you haven't guessed, I'll be talking about my book.... MORE

May Day Remembrance

Economic History
Bryan Caplan
Once again, the folks at Catallarchy (now The Distributed Republic) offer an eloquent May Day Tribute to the victims of Communism, past and present. Check it out.... MORE

Who Is the Successor to Milton Friedman?

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
When Milton Friedman passed away, he was clearly the most famous free-market economist on the planet. Who would you say has taken his place?... MORE

My Book at a Discount

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
A student has pointed out that Barnes & Noble is selling my book for just $23.96, 20% off the Amazon price.... MORE

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