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Bryan Caplan: February 2018

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The Double Whammy of Uselessness

Cost-benefit Analysis
Bryan Caplan
While promoting my new book, I've repeatedly argued that foreign language requirements in U.S. schools are absurd and should be abolished.  For two distinct reasons.Reason #1: Americans almost never use their knowledge of foreign languages (unless they speak it in... MORE

Harassment: A Keyhole Solution

Family Economics
Bryan Caplan
Way back in The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford taught us the wonder of "keyhole solutions" for social ills:Keyhole surgery techniques allow surgeons to operate without making large incisions, minimizing the risk of complications and side effects. Economists often advocate a... MORE

Suppose I define socialism as, "a system of totalitarian control over the economy, leading inevitably to mass poverty and death."  As a detractor of socialism, this is superficially tempting.  But it's sheer folly, for two distinct reasons.First, this plainly isn't... MORE

It was great fun debating Eric Hanushek, truly a gentleman and a scholar.  Here's my opening statement. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Is the education system really a waste of time and money, as my new book claims right... MORE

Question for Scott

Monetary Policy
Bryan Caplan
Question inspired by Scott Sumner's latest post: Why not just let the inflation target rise to 3% to provide wiggle room for conventional monetary policy during future recessions?Update: Read Scott's answer!... MORE

Beach Critiques The Case Against Education

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Here are some detailed critical comments on my new book from Josh Beach, published with his permission. Dr. Caplan, I recently finished your new book.  It is a very important and timely book.  I found your arguments very clear, well... MORE

The Case Against Education: The EconTalk Podcast

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
Russ Roberts' EconTalk episode on my new book is out.  In a world that prized substance as well as style, Russ would be the household name.  For me, the highlight was trying to convince Russ of the great value of... MORE

I Win My Long-Run Gas Price Bet

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
In July of 2008, the average U.S. price of regular gasoline was $4.062.  As usual, global hysteria followed.  And as usual, I was unperturbed.  So unperturbed, in fact, that I made the following bet with Tyler Cowen and David Balan:I... MORE

NYU Interview + AEI Debate

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
Last week, Calvin Tran interviewed me at NYU.  Great fun, including the totally off-topic "Overrated/Underrated" segment.  See for yourself!This week, I'm debating the great Eric Hanushek at AEI.  Hope to see you there!... MORE

Me in the Los Angeles Times

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
When I was in high school, I wrote quite a few letters to my local newspapers.  The Daily News published a few, but I don't think I ever cracked the Los Angles Times.  Until yesterday.  Highlight from my piece in... MORE

An Awkward College Question

Cost-benefit Analysis
Bryan Caplan
Suppose higher education had zero effect on students' careers or income.  How many people would still choose to go?... MORE

Learning Transfer in Athletics

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
Intriguing email from EconLog reader Jason Braswell, reprinted with his permission. Hi there. I'm a long-time reader of your blog who is currently reading your latest book. After reading your first section on the failure of cognitive skills to transfer,... MORE

Me at NYU

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I'm speaking at NYU Thursday at 5 PM.  Hope to see you there.P.S. There's still time to buy The Case Against Education in time for me to sign it there!... MORE

David Balan Reviews The Case Against Education

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
Few people helped me more on my new book than economist David Balan.  Comments aside, he spent a whole day listening to me explain my spreadsheets.  That's what I call dedication.  But despite his generosity, his assessment of the project... MORE

I Win My Recession Bet

Economic Methods
Bryan Caplan
Two years ago, I made the following bet with a brave young economic pessimist, Jackson Taylor:$200 on whether or not America will have a recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative real GDP growth, in the next two years.... MORE

Reflections on Carey at Cato

Economics of Education
Bryan Caplan
Yesterday's book event at Cato was great fun.  Though I had a chance to respond to Carey in person, here's a more complete version of my reaction to his critique.1. I'm puzzled by Carey's claim that colleges are exercising... MORE

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