Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies

Bryan Caplan
in a nutshell:
An economist explains how most of us don't think like economists.

You've heard of the "intelligence of the masses" - well, when it comes to understanding and voting on policies related to the economy, the mass of America is not so intelligent, according to the author. Caplan explains how our biases and lack of economic savvy can lead to policies that make us worse off.


Jason Furman

After stints at The World Bank, Council of Economic Advisors, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the White House, Jason now heads up Brookings Institutions' Hamilton Project, which he does while somehow also teaching at NYU.
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