Archive for Bryan Caplan

Ironic Juxtaposition

I’m not reading too much into this, just saying I noticed that in back-to-back posts (though one was a re-run) on EconLog this was funny: ==> Bryan Caplan has a post (which was front and center on my phone, but they actually re-ran from June 3) wondering why immigration is even a contentious issue among […]

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More Examples of Intellectuals Not Really Believing Their ‘Shocking’ Claims

Recently I pointed out that (a) with the release of his second-last book, Bryan Caplan spent a lot of time debunking the popular notion that parents can influence their kids, (b) with the release of his most recent book, Bryan spent a lot of time debunking the popular notion that education can influence kids, and […]

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Ideas for Bryan Caplan’s Next Book

It just occurred to me last night that two books ago, Bryan (among other things) told parents that they should quit worrying, because studies of twins show that parents don’t have any lasting influence on their children’s futures. Now in his latest book, Bryan tells teachers and professors that education has no lasting influence on […]

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Open Borders and NGDP Targeting: A Numerical Example

In my last post, in which I argued that Open Borders plus NGDP (or even total labor compensation) targeting would lead to disaster, I fired off some quick numbers that (although technically not wrong) made it look as if I were missing the basic logic of Sumner’s framework. Thus, David Beckworth in the comments said: […]

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Potpourri

==> This EconTalk with James Heckman is great. ==> John Goodman on Krugman on health care. ==> When I read this article about the Fed internally wondering whether it would be legal to charge negative interest rates, I imagined Bernanke like this. ==> I realize Bryan is ultimately disagreeing with Jerry Taylor, but I don’t […]

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Time for Bryan Caplan to Give Rothbard Another Look

Alex Tabarrok has a post explaining that (government) water systems have been bad on lead contamination for a century; it’s not just an isolated problem in Flint. There’s no way I can talk about this without sounding like a punk, so I simply remind everyone of Bryan Caplan’s EconLog post from 2014 entitled “Why Do […]

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Potpourri

==> Alex Tabarrok relays some surprising facts about apartment hunting in Stockholm. ==> Tabarrok twin spin: Here he reviews a book on more effective altruism. ==> Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne was the “mystery guest” (via Skype) at Mises University this year. He pointed us to this Politico article, saying this reporter was the first mainstream […]

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More Divisive Thoughts on the Supreme Court and SSM

[UPDATE: I made a few edits to my original version. The substantive changes are adding the points about Sheldon Richman’s and Bryan Caplan’s recent posts.] I really thought I was done writing on this topic, but the further comments by many libertarians compel me to speak. In the interest of brevity, I’m going to fire […]

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