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Bryan Caplan: January 2018

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What My University President Says

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
I'm fortunate to be at a school where the university president puts scholarship over politics.As far as critiques of our education system go, my colleague @bryan_caplan's is pretty good (even if still fundamentally flawed) https://t.co/gP26zjpJ9x-- Ángel Cabrera (@CabreraAngel) January 30,... MORE

My Interview with The Chronicle of Higher Education

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
When the typical professor deals with the media, he has a litany of complaints.  "They're not accurate!"  "They're not fair!"  "They made me look stupid!"  My experience is precisely the opposite.  Virtually everyone in the media treats me well.  Case... MORE

My Cato Talk

Economic Education
Bryan Caplan
Tomorrow I'm speaking at the Cato Institute on my new book.  Kevin Carey, author of The End of College, comments.  You can live stream it, but I hope to see you there!... MORE

Confessions of a Voc-Tech Teacher

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
Email from a reader, who asked to remain anonymous... My name is [redacted] and I'm in my 3rd decade of teaching vocational education or Career Technical Education (CTE) in [redacted] CA.   I was very pleased to hear about your position... MORE

Two Comments on Coy

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Check out Bloomberg's Peter Coy's fair and fun review of The Case Against Education. Two reactions:1. Narrow point.  Coy writes:Notice that this signal has nothing to do with what he or she may have learned. The signal to employers--of diligence,... MORE

My Interview with Princeton University Press

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Highlights:The "signaling model of education" is the foundation of your argument. What is this model? The standard view of education, often called the "human capital model," says that education raises income by training students for their future jobs. The signaling... MORE

Huemer on Ultra-Ineffective Altruism

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Mike Huemer, my favorite philosopher, has two great pieces on a recent $75M donation to the Johns Hopkins Philosophy Department.  They deserve a wider audience, so I'm posting them here with his permission.Post #1: The StimulusI see that Bill Miller... MORE

Tomorrow's Events

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Two big Case Against Education events tomorrow:1. I'm doing a full-hour interview with Glenn Beck.  Please tune in!  (Listen live here).2. I'm speaking at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Hope to see you there!... MORE

A Deal on Immigration is Most Unwise

Economic Philosophy
Bryan Caplan
Last week, Will Wilkinson published a piece in the New York Times on the political strategy of immigration.  While Will assumes a moderate persona, he's long been in favor of large increases in immigration.  In terms of ultimate goals, then,... MORE

Gillespie Interviews Me on The Case Against Education

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
My Reason interview with Nick Gillespie on my new book is now up.  Enjoy!... MORE

Elephant in the Brain on Religious Hypocrisy

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but... MORE

A Golden Journey

Economic History
Bryan Caplan
Here's the speech I delivered at my in-laws 50th anniversary party a couple of weeks ago.  It's anecdotal, but I think social science fans will enjoy it. On New Year's Day, 1968, a young couple married in Bucharest, Romania.  Their... MORE

Libertarian education reformers have long argued that education is great, but education plus market reforms is even better.  The Case Against Education in contrast, argues that the education industry is more like government-sponsored football stadiums: Government support is good for... MORE

The Case Against Education at Cato

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
On January 31 at 4 PM, I'm presenting The Case Against Education at the Cato Institute, with comments by New America's Kevin Carey.  (See here and here for my earlier thoughts on Carey's work).   Many thanks to Cato's Neal McCluskey... MORE

An Ignorant Plot?

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
Twitter was angry with me after my Tucker Carlson interview.  The most common accusation was roughly, "Of course Fox News loves The Case Against Education.  Undermining education is a plot to help the Republicans by spreading ignorance."  I could take umbrage, but I... MORE

I Win All My Ebola Bets

Behavioral Economics and Rationality
Bryan Caplan
Back in 2014, Ebola was national - and global - news.  Even in Africa, fears ultimately turned out to be overblown.  The WHO's official tally was about 11,000 fatalities.  The true figure is almost certainly higher, but not grossly so. ... MORE

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