Bryan Caplan

Senior Research Fellow
Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Bryan Caplan is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center and a professor of economics at George Mason University. He specializes in public economics, public choice, psychology and economics, public opinion, economics of the family and education, genoeconomics, and Austrian economics.

Caplan is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies, named “the best political book of the year” by the New York Times, and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. He is currently writing a new book: The Case Against Education: A Professional Student Explains Why Our Education System Is a Big Waste of Time and Money.

Caplan has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Fox News, and C-SPAN, and his articles appear in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, American Economic Review, Economic Journal, the Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence. He writes EconLog, named by the Wall Street Journal as a top economics blog. 

Caplan received his PhD in economics from Princeton University and his BA in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

For a current list of publications, view Bryan's personal website .