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Bryan Caplan: November 2015

An Author Archive by Month (14 entries)

Dying of Humiliation

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Lieven's The End of Tsarist Russia subtly proposes a novel theory of Russia's disastrous entry into World War I: Millions died to spare Russia's elites from feelings of humiliation.  First, Lieven sets the stage:Revolution at home had undermined the Russian... MORE

The Center Will Hold: My 10:1 Bet Stands

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
Despite much gruesome Schadenfreude on Twitter, I stand by the terms of my 10:1 bet that no European country that was not Communist in 1988 will have a civil war resulting in 10,000 or more fatalities by December 31, 2045. ... MORE

Iraq: Disaster By Popular Demand

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Here's my April, 2007 op-ed on voter irrationality that never found a home. 800x600 "Power to the people" - war protestors have been saying it for decades.   The more you study public opinion, though, the more peculiar this slogan seems. ... MORE

Open Borders Meets the Writers Workshop

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
The staunchly anti-immigration US Inc. invited me to present my case for open borders.  Here's what I told them.... MORE

Meta-Crisis

Political Economy
Bryan Caplan
Whenever new shocking news breaks, I remember what Robert Higgs wrote back in 1987:[W]e do know something - at least abstractly - about the future.  We know that other great crises will come.  Whether they will be occasioned by foreign... MORE

A Swarm of Thoughts on Hive Mind

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Some of what's swirling in my mind after reading Hive Mind:1. At the individual level, IQ is much more highly correlated with job performance than income.  So while national IQ has a bigger effect on national income than personal IQ... MORE

Take This Ideological Turing Test

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Here.... MORE

The Architecture of Hive Mind

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
My debate partner and former co-blogger Garett Jones' Hive Mind: How Your Nation's IQ Matters So Much More Than Your Own is finally out.  It's a wonderful book in both substance and style - peak Garett.  He instinctively hews to... MORE

Reflections on the Caplan-Jones Immigration Debate

Cost-benefit Analysis
Bryan Caplan
If you missed the Caplan-Jones debate, you can watch a slick version here.  The best part: We each had five minutes to "grill" each other.  I learned a lot during those minutes.  Main thoughts:1. Garett neatly boils down research on... MORE

Caplan-Jones Immigration Debate

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I'm pleased to announce that I'll be debating former EconLog blogger Garett Jones at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan on "Should We Have Open Borders?"  The event will be livestreamed on Tuesday, November 10 starting 7 PM EST at this... MORE

Humane Canada

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
How does Canada's immigration "points system" work?  While I have no plans to move to the Great White North, curiosity led me to the this online calculator.  Sadly, my Princeton Ph.D. isn't good enough for Canada.  The most revealing part... MORE

Gonzalez on the Multicultural Threat

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Mike Gonzalez replies to my doubts about the practical import of multiculturalism:In my talk, I underlined the point that another friend, Niger Innis, always makes: Even if we were to shut the immigration doors completely, the next president will have... MORE

Cochrane's Questions About Inequality

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Just finished the forthcoming Inequality and Economic Policy: Essays in Honor of Gary Becker, edited by Tom Church, Chris Miller, and John Taylor.  For me, the highlight was John Cochrane on inequality.  Highlights from the highlight:More puzzling, why are critics... MORE

The Punchline of Labor Market Regulation

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Last night, while rewatching the classic Simpsons "Saddlesore Galatica," I came across a great pedagogical moment that even Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics misses.  In the episode, an abusive horse trainer flees from the state fair, leaving his mistreated... MORE

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