Caplan Notes 3/29, Pub Choice II

Official course notes reference. Related: My proof of markets as an optimal voting system. Important note: His version of ‘expressive voting’ is not the same as the concept (of the same label) which I learned in undergrad from Jonathan Slapin. Caplan’s expressive voting means non-instrumental voting, while Slapin’s expressive voting means voting in a way … Read more

Caplan on Genetic Studies Applied to Grit

I’ve recently been talking about grit. Industrial psychology has some literature deflating grit which I criticized. That is, I have been defending grit. One criticism I gave was that I think some of the genetic claims are incorrect. Bryan Caplan discussed genetic studies at a recent lecture unrelated to grit. His lecture was on Genes … Read more

Grit Research is Alive and Well

“True Grit…” by Rimfeld et al (2016) is a current and well received paper. It also gives academic credibility to a rumor I’ve heard around the GMU campus. The rumor is that the personality trait called grit which was pioneered by Duckworth has reached a dead end as a research program. The present article disagrees … Read more

Ecological Rationality Matters

1/26 was my first class with Professor/Dr. Pete Leeson. He seems to be very intelligent and also personable, but by nature of man and blogs I am choosing to write about some things he said with which I disagree rather than all of the things he said with which I strongly agree. The things he … Read more