Bryan Caplan

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Bryan Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University, research fellow at the Mercatus Center, adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and blogger for EconLog. He is a member of the FEE Faculty Network.

Bryan Caplan's Articles

I'm an Economist and I Refuse to Vote

When I look at voters, I see human beings at their hysterical, innumerate worst. When I look at politicians, I see mendacious, callous bullies. Even a bare hint of any of these traits appalls me.

- September 14, 2016

Is the Fear of Markets Rooted in Neurosis?

The neurotic cannot endure life in its real form, so he takes refuge in delusion.

- August 26, 2016

5 Things Research Says about Homeschooling

Do homeschoolers do better? Do parents matter? Are there downsides? What about college? Here's what the research says.

- July 27, 2016

Excluding Foreigners Is Much More Authoritarian than Censorship

Why are restrictions on migration embraced, while other illiberal (but less harsh) policies abhorred?

- June 03, 2016

Why the Era of Soaking the Rich Is Over

"Tax the rich" policies are a thing of the past for developed countries; here's why they won't be coming back.

- April 26, 2016

Behavioral Econ's Pro-Government Bias

Behavioral economics almost always fails to consider whether government action also suffers from bias, irrationality, and incentive problems.

- April 14, 2016

How America Became a Nation of Immigrants Again

In 1965, racist politicians accidentally opened up the US immigration system by replacing quotas with family unification.

- March 16, 2016

The Microaggressions of Immigration

Can natives declare the whole country a "safe space"?

- March 15, 2016

12 Reasons to Oppose the Welfare State

Why do some libertarians support (or not oppose) the welfare state? 

- March 07, 2016

10 Lessons on Irrational Voters from 2016

The median voter is a moderate national socialist, rationally ignorant and enthusiastically irrational.

- March 01, 2016

What Milton Friedman Got Right (And Wrong) about Welfare

Friedman argued that Social Security, not welfare, was the real problem.

- February 29, 2016

8 Tenets of Our Civic Religion (And Why They're Wrong)

Labor economics explodes the foundational claims of our culture's statist religion.

- December 22, 2015

Meet the Human Smugglers

The surprising and fascinating story of the entrepreneurs who run black market for migration. 

- October 22, 2015

Every Unpaid Internship Is Illegal

Instead of banning unpaid internships, we should make them available to everyone.

- August 25, 2015

Americans in States with More Immigrants Are More Pro-Immigration

People you know and interact with are harder to demonize, denigrate, or scapegoat.

- May 17, 2006

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