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when do people tell the truth?

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From a recent article in Econometrica by Johanes Abeler, Daniel Nosenzo, and Collin Raymond:

Private information is at the heart of many economic activities. For decades, economists have assumed that individuals are willing to misreport private information if this maximizes their material payoff. We combine data from 90 experimental studies in economics, psychology, and sociology, and show that, in fact, people lie surprisingly little. We then formalize a wide range of potential explanations for the observed behavior, identify testable predictions that can distinguish between the models, and conduct new experiments to do so. Our empirical evidence suggests that a preference for being seen as honest and a preference for being honest are the main motivations for truth‐telling.

Comment: Remember when Adam Smith wrote in Theory of Moral Sentiments that people want to be loved and lovely? Well, there you go. The broader point is that in an industrialized society, at least, people are not Hobbesian mini-tyrants. Rather, people seem to want goodness and often try to be good. An interesting question is how sociologists, who focus on social conflict, can process this sort of result.

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October 29, 2019 at 12:33 am

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open borders, christopher columbus, and warfare

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I had a really good time visiting the University of the Bahamas to give a talk about open borders. I’d also like to thank the Nassau Institute for sponsoring the event, along with the UoB Department of Banking and Finance. Click  here to see the talk. I also had a good time on the Juan McCartney show – if you have a link to the audio, please send it along.

Here, I’ll address a question from the audience. A man raised the issue of Columbus: Wouldn’t open borders allow you to be conquered? What if someone like Columbus shows up?

The response is intuitive. Open borders is about migration, not warfare. If you see tanks at the border and warships in the water, then you have the right to shoot back and lock the gates. But 99.99% of migration is not about warfare! The Mexican migrant wants to sell you a taco, not kill you. The question conflates two completely different activities – warfare and movement. So you have to really chill out and realize that migration and war are different.

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October 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm

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another excellent rendition of manteca (dg, 1947)

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October 27, 2019 at 12:09 am

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open borders 2019: a few thoughts

This past Saturday, about 120 people gathered at the New School in New York City to discuss open borders. It was a great event and, while we had a few bumps, it went very well overall. I think what really surprised me is that so many people were willing to come out and talk about an important topic.

What I found interesting is the extremely wide range of ways you can approach open borders. For example, Jackie Stevens, a prominent political theorist at Northwestern, comes at it from a radical egalitarian point. Borders are one way to maintain inter-generational inequality. In contrast, libertarian philosopher Mike Huemer gave a very rights based approach. Restricting migration is a de facto violation of rights that we wouldn’t tolerate in other circumstances.

Satsuki Ina is an internationally known film maker, writer, and professor of social work – and she gave an emotionally charged talk about the consequences of being jailed at a camp for Japanese Americans during World War 2. People have to know that restricting movement and putting people in camps has life long effects.

Luckily, one participant, Meryl, put videos up on our Facebook site: the abolish ICE panelSatsuki Ina’s talk, the panel on citizenship and democracy, and Huemer’s talk. Meryl had some battery problems, so some talks are truncated.

So check it out!

PS. The auction of the signed open borders graphic novel went well – $124!!

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October 24, 2019 at 12:06 am

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open borders: bahamas edition

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This Thursday, I will be speaking at the University of the Bahamas and the Nassau Institute. Talk title: “Open Borders: Beginning, Intermediate, and Expert Levels.” We will start with everyday objections to migration and then progress to some fairly detailed discussion of academic work that examines the impact of migration. My main thesis is that nations should default to a system where migration is low cost, easy, and legal.

Location: Choices dining area at the University of the Bahamas.

Date and Time: 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 24, 2019

I’ve also been booked on the Juan McCartney show (96.9 on the dial) on the same day at 12:15pm.  Juan’s is the noon hour show on Bahamas’ talk/news radio station. Check it out!

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October 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm

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your marx v. mises rap video

Fun and not a bad summary of each side’s arguments.

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October 20, 2019 at 12:52 am

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al jazeera talks social movements

I was lucky to be invited. Feature: writer/activist LA Kaufman and political sociologist Paolo Gerbaudo.  Check it out if you like social movement research.

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October 17, 2019 at 3:49 pm

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