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Bryan Caplan: March 2016

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The Case Against Education: Forthcoming from Princeton University Press

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I am delighted to report that Princeton University Press will be publishing The Case Against Education in 2017.  PUP was an excellent partner for The Myth of the Rational Voter, and I'm looking forward to doing business together again.  And... MORE

So Far: My Response on Unfriendly AI

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Eliezer Yudkowsky asks: "Well, in the case of Unfriendly AI, I'd ask which of the following statements Bryan Caplan denies."  My point-by-point reply:1. Orthogonality thesis - intelligence can be directed toward any compact goal; consequentialist means-end reasoning can be deployed... MORE

So Far: Unfriendly AI Edition

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
Eliezer Yudkowsky responds to my "selective pessimism" challenge with another challenge.  Here he is, reprinted with his permission. Bryan Caplan issued the following challenge, naming Unfriendly AI as one among several disaster scenarios he thinks is unlikely: "If you're selectively... MORE

So Far

Cost-benefit Analysis
Bryan Caplan
This world contains mighty social forces that have worked wonders within the observed range.  Top cases:1. Industrialization.  So far, industrialization has launched mankind from the ubiquitous poverty of the farmer age to the amazing plenty of the modern age.2. Population... MORE

Get a Compound

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Critics of libertarianism frequently fault us for ignoring the value of community.  Libertarians may be perfectly happy living in a society bound together by nothing stronger than "I'll leave you alone, you leave me alone."  But psychologically normal humans crave... MORE

My Simplistic Theory of Left and Right, 2016 Edition

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Last fall, I proposed my "simplistic theory of left and right":1. Leftists are anti-market.  On an emotional level, they're critical of market outcomes.  No matter how good market outcomes are, they can't bear to say, "Markets have done a great... MORE

The Freedom-Loving Case for Open Borders

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Here's my opening statement from Wednesday's Open Borders Debate with Mark Krikorian, sponsored by America's Future Foundation.Robert Nozick famously criticized government for forbidding "capitalist acts between consenting adults."  If an employer wants to hire you and you want to... MORE

Retroactive Krikorianism

Economic History
Bryan Caplan
The last time I faced off with Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, he sketched his ideal immigration policy.  (start at 15:10) Who should get in?  Three types of people:1. Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens.2. "Einsteins." ... MORE

The Glorious Lasting Accidental Liberalization

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
In honor of Open Borders Day, let's talk about the last major U.S. immigration liberalization, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.  Critics of immigration blame it for bringing America's foreign-born share back near its historic peak.  They're right on... MORE

How Open Borders Will Win, If It Wins

Labor Mobility, Immigration, Outsourcing
Bryan Caplan
Harvard's spring break was last week, so its students celebrated Open Borders Day one week early.  Here are the slides for the talk I presented there.  Full video coming soon.P.S. In honor of regularly-scheduled Open Borders Day, I'm debating the... MORE

The Microaggressions of Immigration

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I have zero sympathy for the fashionable crusade against "microaggressions."  When backed by government funding and lawsuits, the concept is a thinly-veiled attack on freedom of speech.  But even without government backing, "microaggression" is an attack on common decency.  Taking... MORE

I'm a hard-core libertarian who defines libertarianism broadly.  If you think voluntarism is seriously underrated and government is seriously overrated, you're a libertarian in my book.  I also strive to treat others with common decency regardless of their political views. ... MORE

Myth of the Rational Voter 2016

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
In 2007, I published The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies.  Every presidential election year, people ask for an update, and I normally say, "Nothing's changed."  But 2016 really does look like an outlier.  My thoughts:1.... MORE

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