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Bryan Caplan: February 2017

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My Deportation Index: The Drum Critique

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
Kevin Drum thoughtfully critiques my Deportation Index.  But first, he makes my numbers look pretty:His critique begins with some some data I didn't know about.The next step is to calculate this as a percentage of the number of illegal immigrants... MORE

Trump Bet Clarification

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
In November, I bet an anonymous EconLog reader:If Donald Trump resigns, is removed  by the Senate after impeachment, or otherwise is permanently removed as per the the 25th Amendment, or if it never happens that he takes the Oath of... MORE

Who's the Real "Deporter in Chief"?

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
Immigration activists repeated named Obama the "Deporter in Chief."  Were they right?  Strictly speaking, yes: More human beings were deported under Obama than any other presidency in history.  Substantively, however, the critics were very wrong.  Key fact: U.S. immigration law... MORE

Do Middle-Class College Kids Already Have a UBI?

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
In our Universal Basic Income debate, Will Wilkinson had one fun argument I didn't have time to answer.  His claim: Middle-class college kids (like stereotypical Students for Liberty attendees) already get a UBI from their parents.  Thanks to this UBI,... MORE

UBI Debate Video

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Video of the Wilkinson-Caplan Universal Basic Income Debate is available here.  The video quality could be a little higher, but the camera does get properly rotated after a few seconds.  Thanks again to Students for Liberty and the Institute for... MORE

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See You At ISFLC 2017

Economic Education
Bryan Caplan
Team Caplan is once again attending ISFLC.  I'll be in two official events.Event #1: UBI Debate with Will Wilkinson, 3:30-4:30 PM on Saturday.Event #2: Ask Me Anything, 5:00-5:45 on Saturday.If you want to meet up sometime during the conference, email... MORE

I'll Never Ever Ever Do It Again

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
One of my pet theories is that children reveal the true nature of man.  They have the same emotions as adults; they're just terrible at hiding them.  Even when their emotions are monstrous, kids either just blurt out whatever they're... MORE

The Costs of Diversity: What Will I Learn?

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
As you may have heard, I'm collaborating with SMBC's Zach Weinersmith on a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration.  Working title: All Roads Lead to Open Borders.  I'm now writing chapter 4, "Crimes Against Culture,"... MORE

The Psychiatry Museum vs. the Reasonable Radical

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
During my last visit to LA, I visited the Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum.  Though I knew the Church of Scientology was heavily involved, I was still favorably predisposed.  I reject the philosophy of mind that underlies modern psychiatry,... MORE

Final Reply to Dolan on the UBI, For Now

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Here's one last reply to Ed Dolan on the UBI:...As for more recent evidence, the CBO working paper that I cited is the most comprehensive literature review I have been able to find. The CBO review reaches the following conclusions... MORE

Rejoinder on UBI

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Here's my reply to Ed Dolan, point-by-point.  He's in blockquotes, I'm not. First of all, thank you, Bryan, for the civil, cogent, and detailed response. Likewise.1. You say that I acknowledge elsewhere that the incentives are theoretically ambiguous,income effect vs.substitution... MORE

UBI: Ed Dolan Responds

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Ed Dolan responds to me on the UBI in the comments.  Complete text: First of all, thank you, Bryan, for the civil, cogent, and detailed response. I think we might even find common ground--I might eventually be able to get... MORE

UBI: Reply to Dolan

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Ed Dolan thoughtfully replies to my Universal Basic Income challenge on the Niskanen blog.  Here's my point-by-point reply.  Dolan's in blockquotes, I'm not.Here are three kinds of libertarians who might take a UBI very seriously indeed. Libertarian pragmatists ...By some... MORE

A Surprising Supply of Communist Dupes

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
When I was first learning economics, I was surprised by how pro-communist many economics textbooks were.  I don't mean, of course, that economics textbook ever said, "Communism is good."  What I mean, rather, is that textbooks were very positive... MORE

How to Sell YIMBY to California and New York

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Housing is strangely expensive in California and New York.  Economists routinely blame their unusually strict regulation of land use and construction.  Political observers, in turn, routinely blame unusually strict regulation on NIMBYism - current residents' "Not In My BackYard" mentality. ... MORE

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