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Wait—Is it Possible to Have Too Much Schooling?



George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan is probably my favorite iconoclast. He has written three books: his first, The Myth of the Rational Voter, took aim as the efficiency and desirability of democracy. He argues that people are “rationally irrational”: we hold epistemically irrational beliefs because it is costly to change them.

His second book, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, takes aim at over-the-top high-pressure parenting. He compares a kid to a soda bottle. We can shape it and mold it by applying pressure, but it pops back into shape. Most things like ability and such are genetic, so high-pressure parenting expends a lot of resources for little benefit. His parenting advice: relax and enjoy it.



Art Carden is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and an Associate Professor of Economics at Samford University’s Brock School of Business.






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