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Bryan Caplan: November 2017

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Hartmann-Sauer ITT

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Back in June, progressive radio personality Thom Hartmann and Market Institute president Charles Sauer tried a version of my Ideological Turing Test on the air.  Sauer channels FDR; Hartmann channels Reagan.  Or at least they try.  Here's the result!... MORE

Why It Matters Whodunit

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
In modern America, every mass murder has two essential characteristics.First, the number murdered.Second, the group identity of the murderer.And not necessarily in that order.  Whenever a mass murder pops up in the news, many viewers hasten to find out whodunit... MORE

Ideological Turing Test: Case Against Education Edition

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
I'm ending my seminar class on The Case Against Education with a game.  Students earn participation credit by volunteering to take a random Ideological Turing Test.  How it works:First, roll a d20 (20-sided die) to determine the topic: 1. What... MORE

Consciousness is All-Important: The Case of Signaling

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Robin Hanson has taught me a great deal about signaling, but we do have a fundamental disagreement on the topic.  His latest post cleanly captures it.  Robin's intro:Many people (including me) claim that we eat food and drink water because... MORE

International Adoption: The Personal Side

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Arthur Brooks' personal experience with international adoption beautifully complements the science:When the moment of truth came, my name was called, I entered the room, and a Chinese official plopped a baby into my arms. I braced myself, and -- nothing... MORE

Answer These Questions About the Reformation

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
This semester, my homeschoolers are unofficially taking a GMU class on Religions of the West.  Here's a list of questions about the Protestant Reformation (and a few other topics) they composed to discuss with their professor during office hours.  Paternal... MORE

The Ideological Turing Test in 3 Minutes

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Learn Liberty has just released a slick new video on my Ideological Turing Test.  Enjoy, share, and repent! ... MORE

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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