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Bryan Caplan: July 2016

An Author Archive by Month (13 entries)

Huemer's "On Liberty and Philosophy"

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
I've started scanning the early writings of my favorite philosopher, Michael Huemer.  I have quite a few in my possession.  First on the menu: his prize-winning graduate student essay, "On Liberty and Philosophy," which addresses the philosophical side of what... MORE

Robin's Turing Test

Cross-country Comparisons
Bryan Caplan
Robin recently tried an Ideological Turing Test for a subset of my critique of his Age of Em.  He understands me better than before, but there's still room for improvement.  "Correct" means Robin has described my view to a tee. ... MORE

The Science of Homeschooling

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
While I'm homeschooling my elder sons, I've long wondered about how well it really works.  Sure, the critics are usually angry apriorists.  But advocates seem quick to repeat optimistic statistics without proper scrutiny.  What's really going on?The best piece I've... MORE

Cosmopolitans and False Consciousness

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Early this month, Ross Douthat derided the false consciousness of self-styled "cosmopolitans":Genuine cosmopolitanism is a rare thing. It requires comfort with real difference, with forms of life that are truly exotic relative to one's own. It takes its cue from... MORE

Immigrants and Everest

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Immigrants use less welfare than natives, holding income constant.  Immigrants are far less likely to be in jail than natives, holding high school graduation constant.*  On the surface, these seem like striking results.  But I've heard a couple of smart... MORE

A Numerate Sermon on Terrorism

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I've long regarded serious fear of terrorism as a sign of deep innumeracy.  Deaths from terrorism remain a tiny share of the thousand-odd murders that happen on Earth on an average day.  Terrorism is special primarily because people overreact to... MORE

I Win My Cruz Bet with Steve Pearlstein

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
In early February, noted journalist and GMU professor Steve Pearlstein bet me $50 at even odds that Ted Cruz would win the Republican nomination.  I have now officially won.Why did I make this bet?  Simple: At the time, betting markets... MORE

The Hyperbole of Backlash

Economics and Culture
Bryan Caplan
Tyler tries to cure my immigration backlash confusion, but not to my satisfaction.  The overarching flaw: He equivocates between two different versions of "backlash to immigration."  Version 1: Letting in more immigrants leads to more resistance to immigration.Version 2: Letting... MORE

7th Grade: The Homeschooling Experience

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
My sons and I have finished our first year of homeschooling.  It was a great success by all vital measures.  My two students were vocally much happier than they were in regular school.  They also learned vastly more, covering over... MORE

Slavery in the Age of Em

Economic History
Bryan Caplan
Robin Hanson:Bryan Caplan made strong, and to me incredible, claims that econ consensus predicts all ems would be fully slaves with no human personality. As he won't explain his reasoning, but just says to read the slavery literature, I've done... MORE

Observations from Europe

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Just got back from a month in Europe, where I was a visiting professor at the University of M√ľnster, teaching a short course in Advanced Public Choice.  Along the way, we drove to London for the Institute of Economic Affairs... MORE

The Signs of Signaling

Bryan Caplan
How can you empirically distinguish between human capital and signaling?  In this talk, I explore not only the basics of the issue, but the subtleties.... MORE

Is Education Good for the Soul?

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Four years ago, Jacob Levy inspired me to explain how I love education.  This blog post eventually became a whole chapter in The Case Against Education on "Is Education Good for the Soul."  Here are the slides for a recent... MORE

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