139 – Bryan Caplan Interview Follow Up

After interviewing Bryan Caplan about his book, The Case Against Education, I had so many thoughts rolling around my head that I decided to record a separate follow up episode.

In this episode, I cover where I think Bryan is right, where I think he is wrong, and where I don’t think he goes far enough.

If you haven’t listened to the full interview with Bryan yet, check it out first.

Topics Covered:

  • How economic thinking and rational choice theory explain the choice to go to college.
  • The role of parents in their kid’s choices to go to college.
  • Do you need to be a super genius to succeed without college?
  • People choose college out of fear for bucking the dominant belief system.
  • Getting cheap easy praise from college and how that creates entitlement.
  • College grads are free to blame the economy when they are unemployed.
  • College degrees as a social signal, not an economic signal.


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