My IHS Lectures
By Bryan Caplan
I’ll be in Chicago next week giving lectures for the Institute for Humane Studies’ The Tradition of Liberty: Advanced Studies seminar. My lectures:
1. Public choice and public goods. The basics of public goods theory, plus a long discussion about how people misapply the theory, and ignore public goods problems in government decision-making.
2. The Myth of the Rational Voter. Quick and dirty intro to my book.
3. Discrimination and the Market. The digest version of two weeks of undergraduate lectures on the topic. Why economic theory raises big doubts about the magnitude of discrimination, and why the empirics are shockingly conistent with the simple story.
4. The Case Against Education. Why the signaling model fits the facts about education better than the human capital model, and how this undermines popular platitudes about spending on education.
I’m expecting a great week. Details after Capla-Con.