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Bryan Caplan: November 2017

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A Vast But Dwindling Reservoir of Nativism

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Tyler Cowen and I have an ongoing dispute about "immigration backlash."  Reading these June Gallup poll results, I'm tempted to hail a "backlash to the backlash."Though preventing illegal immigration was one of the president's key campaign promises, the general desire... MORE

All Roads Lead to Open Borders: Slides

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Here are the slides from today's talk on my graphic novel.  Enjoy!P.S. Comments welcome.... MORE

Why Question the Protestant Reformation?

Economic History
Bryan Caplan
A reader asked me, "Would you mind clarifying exactly what your takeaway message was in your Reformation post?"  I'm happy to oblige.Popular views about the Protestant Reformation are absurdly sugarcoated.  It's tempting for libertarians to jump on this sugarcoating... MORE

All Roads Lead to Open Borders: An Advance Look

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
At Wednesday's Public Choice Seminar, I'm giving a sneak peak at my next next book, All Roads Lead to Open Borders: The Ethics and Social Science of Immigration (co-authored with Zach Weinersmith, creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal).  This... MORE

The Case Against Education Now Available for Preorder!

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
My next big book, The Case Against Education, is now available for preorder.  Yes, I know, it's been a long time coming: I actually posted the first page on EconLog ten years ago, and have been working on the project... MORE

Lessons of the South Asian Swastika

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
When he was living in Burma, graphic novelist Guy Delisle noticed quite a few swastikas.  Indeed, much of south Asia is full of swastikas.  It's not because they're Nazi sympathizers.  The swastika was a south Asian symbol until the Nazis... MORE

The Peculiar Political Economy of Reverse Grandfathering

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I've spent the last seventeen years trying to max out my mortgage interest deduction.  So when I first read about the new Republican tax plan, my heart sank.  Curses!  Will all my careful scheming be brought to nothing? From the... MORE

The Value of the Reformation: Reply to Somin

Cost-benefit Analysis
Bryan Caplan
My friend Ilya Somin has written a detailed critique of my doubts about the Protestant Reformation.  Here's my reply.  He's in blockquotes, I'm not. 1. Even had Luther stayed loyal to the Pope or been quickly crushed, it is likely... MORE

Touchy-Feely Bull in a China Shop

Economics and Culture
Bryan Caplan
I'm delighted to report that - after experimenting with conventional high school - my elder sons have resumed homeschooling.  Their complaints were numerous, but our whole family was taken aback by their school's disinterest in academics.  Math aside, every class... MORE

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