Teach My Books
By Bryan Caplan
Now that June has started, many professors are ready to update their syllabi. While “keep it unchanged” is the easiest route, there’s always room for pedagogical improvement. Contrary to what you may have heard, I love education… as it might and ought to be. And as a firm believer in self-promotion, I think one of the best ways to make education more lovable is to adopt one (or more!) of my books as secondary course texts. A quick tour of my menu:
The Case Against Education,
my latest book, is perfect for any class on the economics of education,
educational psychology, or sociology of education. It also works well
for any class on cost-benefit analysis, information economics, public
policy, and philosophy of education. The Case Against Education isn’t just a dogged, interdisciplinary defense of the signaling model of education; it clearly presents the standard social science of education prior to criticizing it.
The Myth of the Rational Voter is perfect for any class in public choice, political economy, or political psychology. It also works well for any class on democracy, political theory, and even intro econ. Myth of the Rational Voter earnestly defends the anti-democratic, pro-market vision of public choice that Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains falsely attributes to James Buchanan.
Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids is perfect for any class on economics of the family, population economics, sociology of the family, or behavioral genetics. It also works well for any class on population ethics, risk analysis, or demography. SRtHMK provides a parent’s-eye view of the science of nature and nurture – and hammers home the connection between how you raise your kids and how many kids you’ll want to have. And along the way, you get a lively update of Julian Simon’s analysis of the neglected upsides of population.
Both The Case Against Education and The Myth of the Rational Voter are published by Princeton University Press. If you’re interested in course adoption, Julie Haenisch of PUP is happy to chat.