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Volume 22  Number 3  •  Winter 2018
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Overlooked Costs of War-Related Public Research
A Comment on “Early RAND as a Talent Incubator by Nicholas Rescher
By Brittany L. Bills, Christopher J. Coyne
This article appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of The Independent Review

Early RAND was exceptional in nurturing young talent for the purpose of serving military-related objectives, but this doesn’t prove the benefits to society exceeded the costs. In the case of RAND, the costs include the distortionary effects its work had on academic disciplines, and the opportunity cost of diverting human and physical capital away from other, possibly more productive endeavors.

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Other Independent Review articles by Christopher J. Coyne
    Fall 2018   In the Shadows of the American Century
    Summer 2018   Introduction: Symposium on Drones
    Summer 2018   The Drone Paradox
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