Irrational Politics and Free Trade

Bryan Caplan talked about reasons why the idea of free trade is distrusted by voters in spite of a consensus among academic economists. He… read more

Irrational Politics and Free Trade Bryan Caplan talked about reasons why the idea of free trade is distrusted by voters in spite of a consensus among academic economists. He argued that voter irrationality is part of democracy and that it is marked by four biases which distinguish the beliefs of economists from the beliefs of others. He said that rational consumers often make irrational voters, politicians often foment that irrationality, and it has had a major effect on American foreign policy. He was joined in discussion by Philip Levy. Mr. Kane moderated, and all three men responded to audience members' questions.

Bryan Caplan is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies, published by Princeton University Press. close

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  • Bryan Caplan Associate Professor George Mason University->Economics Department
  • Tim Kane Director Heritage Foundation->Center for International Trade and Economics
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Program ID:
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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 02, 2007 | 11:02am EDT | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Jul 07, 2007 | 1:48am EDT | C-SPAN 2

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  • Jul 02, 2007 | 11:02am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jul 06, 2007 | 2:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 07, 2007 | 1:48am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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