Why Is An Economist Writing This Book?
By Bryan Caplan
In the Preface of Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, should I explicitly address the question, “Why would an economist write this book?”?
Pro: I could talk about how I come out of GMU’s wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary, blog-friendly approach to econ. It’s an engaging story.
Con: Get to the point. Focus on the message, not the messenger.
P.S. Non-economists might ask, “Why would an economist write this book?” Economists, in contrast, might ask, “Why would an economist write this book?” My response to my fellow economists: Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids is behavioral economics of the family. I treat standard Beckerian analysis as normative, and advise parents to revise their behavior to fit the theory.