Posted: 10/17/18

TAMIU Presidential Lecture Explores ‘Myth of Rational Voter’ Thursday


Dr. Bryan Caplan
Dr. Bryan Caplan  

As the national political season spins into full assault, a Texas A&M International University guest lecturer will address “The Myth of the Rational Voter” on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts’ Recital Hall. 

Dr. Bryan Caplan will lecture as part of the University’s Presidential Lecture Series, open to the public and free of charge. 

Dr. Caplan is a professor of Economics at George Mason University and blogger for EconLog. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies choose Bad Policies (2008), named "the best political book of the year" by TheNew York Times, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, and The Case Against Education.

He is currently collaborating with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith on Open Borders, a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration, and writing a new book, Poverty: Who To Blame.  

He holds his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. His fields of specialization and interest include public economics, public choice, psychology and economics, economics of the family, public opinion, and genoeconomics. 

His research has been discussed and covered by multiple media, includingThe Economist, The Financial Times, The Times of London, In These Times, New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The American Prospect, The Guardian, USA Today, The Washington Post,and The Globe and Mail. 

Copies of his book, The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies, will be available at the TAMIU Bookstore and on site at the lecture. 

TAMIU’s Presidential Lecture Series is an occasional series at the University that seeks to bring innovative thinkers and creators to the University in public lectures open to both students and the University community at large. It is organized by TAMIU’s University College. Recent Lecturers have included Dr. Karan Watson, Dr. Martha Nussbaum, Dr. Mark Lilla, Dr. Tomas Jiménez, Nadine Strossen and Tatiana Clouthier.

For additional information, contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email prmis@tamiu.edu, click on tamiu.edu or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268. 

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