Reading for Hanson's GMU Class:
Economic Problems and Public Policies

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Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson, The Elephant in the Brain, Chapters 1-6, Jan. 2018.

Robin Hanson, Foragers, June 8, 2010.

Robin Hanson, We Moderns Are Status-Drunk , June 27, 2021.

Robin Hanson, Why Does Govt Do Stuff?, Apr. 23, 2020.

Robin Hanson, Explaining Regulation, Apr. 24, 2021.

Robin Hanson, Efficient Economist's Pledge, Apr. 16, 2009.


Robin Hanson, A Model of Paternalism, Aug. 10, 2019.

Robin Hanson, Rulesy Folks Push Paternalism, Sep. 30, 2020.

Robin Hanson, Incentivized Guardians, July 30, 2020.

Robin Hanson, DIY vs. PFR Matchmaking, Jul 8, 2021.

How it works, Stikk.


Abby Ellin, Is Sex by Deception a Form of Rape?, Apr. 23, 2019.

Cory Doctorow, Right or Left, You Should Be Worried About Big Tech Censorship, July 16, 2021.

Robin Hanson, For Med Free Speech, Sep. 3, 2009.

Robin Hanson, Rules of Public Evidence?, Oct. 25, 2019.

Robin Hanson, Free Hearing Not Speech, Jan. 23, 2010

Robin Hanson, Should Lies Be Free?, Feb. 10, 2010.

Robin Hanson, Checkmate on Blackmail, February 16, 2019.


Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson, The Elephant in the Brain, Chapter 12: Charity, Jan. 2018.

Robin Hanson, Inequality Talk Is About Grabbing, Aug. 7, 2013.

Robin Hanson, Who Wants Social Insurance?, Nov. 23, 2020.

Robin Hanson, Universal Basic Dorms, Nov. 11, 2020.

Amia Srinivasan, Does anyone have the right to sex?, London Review of Books, Mar. 22, 2018.

Robin Hanson, Comparing Income & Sex Redistribution, June 26, 2018.


Dipak Kumar, Water For Cash - A Primer on Water Markets, Water Center Blog, Jan. 17, 2019.

Food and dining in the Roman Empire, Wikipedia.

Tyler Cowen, Why are there no grocery stores in poor neighborhoods?, Marginal Revolution, Nov. 16, 2007.

Jay Fitzgerald, Eliminating 'Food Deserts' Won't Cure Nutritional Inequality, NBER Digest, Feb. 2018.

Robin Hanson, Food Subsidy Fails, July 22,2010.

In More Than 70 Cities, It's Illegal to Feed the Homeless Because..., Low Income Housing Authority, Aug. 2016.

James Kozlowski, City Restricted Park Food Sharing with Homeless, Jan. 7, 2019.

Malcolm Bedell, Can You Sell Home-Cooked Food to the Public?, Food Truck Empire, Apr. 6, 2018.

Greg Miller, The global soda tax experiment, Knowable Magazine, Oct. 18,2019.


Kelsey Piper, We’ve worried about overpopulation for centuries. And we’ve always been wrong., Vox, Aug. 20, 2019.

Robert P. Murphy, How a Free Market Deals with Overpopulation, Foundation for Economic Education, May 31, 2018.

Partha Dasgupta, Externalities Of Population Change,

Robin Hanson, Fertility, the Big Problem, Nov. 15, 2010.

Robin Hanson, Elite Fertility Falls, Nov. 24, 2010.

Robin Hanson, Fertility Fall Mythes, Aug. 16 2010.

Robin Hanson, Bill & My Excellent Hypothesis, Sep. 25, 2011.

Robin Hanson, Win-Win Babies as Infrastructure, Oct. 25, 2020.


Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson, The Elephant in the Brain, Chapter 14: Medicine, Jan. 2018.

Norman Johnson, Paul Sorl, and Eric Backlund, The Impact of Specific Occupation on Mortality in the U.S. National Longitudinal Mortality Study, Demography, 1999.

George J. Church, Backlash Against HMOs, Time Magazine, Apr. 14, 1997.

Robin Hanson, RAND Health Insurance Experiment, May 8, 2007.

Robin Hanson, RAND Health Insurance Experiment II, May 9, 2007.

many, The [RAND] Health Insurance Experiment, 2006.

Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, NBER.

Robin Hanson, Buy Health Not Medicine, Oct. 17, 2007.


Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson, The Elephant in the Brain, Chapter 13: Education, Jan. 2018.

Tyshia Ingram, Why the hands-off alternative to homeschooling might get parents through the Covid-19 pandemic., July 20, 2020.

Bryan Caplan, The World Might Be Better Off Without College for Everyone, Atlantic, Jan. 2018.

Robin Hanson, Sell Tax Rights To Make Agents, Mar. 19, 2021.

Robin Hanson, Replace Govt As Career Agent, June 29, 2021.


The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income, Congressional Budget Office, Feb. 18, 2014.

Siri Hedreen, Work Experience or Free Labor? Learn What Makes Unpaid Internships Legal, Business News Daily, Oct 14, 2020

Tim Collins, Why Do Barbers Even Need A License?, WBCK News Talk, May 27, 2020. The Costs of Occupational Licensing, Institute for Justice, Nov. 2018.

White House, Occupational Licensing: A Framework for Policymakers, July 2015.

Land Use

Megan McArdle, The Rent Really Is Too Damn High, Atlantic, Mar. 19, 2012.

Jay Caspian Kang, Want to Solve the Housing Crisis? Take Over Hotels, New York Times, Aug. 19, 2021.

Annika Neklason, The 140-Year-Old Dream of 'Government Without Taxation', Atlantic, April 15, 2019.

Robin Hanson, Yay Stability Rents, Oct. 20, 2017.

Robin Hanson, Fine Grain Futarchy Zoning Via Harberger Taxes, Jan. 25, 2019.

Robin Hanson, Conditional Harberger Tax Games, Feb. 11, 2019.


Aaron Bady, David Graeber's Debt: My First 5,000 Words, The New Inquiry, Feb. 6 2012.

David Trilling, Do payday loans exploit poor people? Research review, Journalist's Resource, Sep. 19, 2016.

Annie Lowrey, Could Index Funds Be 'Worse Than Marxism'?, Atlantic, April 5, 2021.

Robin Hanson, Let Us Give To Future, Sep. 11, 2011.


Terry Gross, A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America, Fresh Air, May 3, 2017.

Race and the Economics of Discrimination, University of Michigan, July 13, 2020

David Brooks, Why Is It OK to Be Mean to the Ugly?, June 24, 2021.

Robin Hanson, Gender Tax, December 17, 2007.

Robin Hanson, Selective Discrimination, May 24, 2010.

Robin Hanson, Club Discrimination , June 20, 2010.

Robin Hanson, What Is Private?, Mar. 30, 2012.

Robin Hanson, Who Watches Discrimination Watchers?, May 16, 2021.

Robin Hanson, Consider Reparations, Mar. 4, 2019.

Robin Hanson, Is Discrimination About Inequality?, May 30, 20123.


Robin Hanson, Dissing Track Records, Mar. 20, 2015.

Robin Hanson, Checkmate on Blackmail, Feb. 16, 2019.

Robin Hanson, In Favor Of Flogging, June 16, 2011.

Robin Hanson, Double Or Nothing Lawsuits, Ten Years On, Oct. 30, 2007.

Robin Hanson, Who Vouches For You?, Sep. 21, 2019.

David Friedman, Law as a Private Good, Economics and Philosophy, 1994.


Amihai Glazer, Price controls don't work – but mask rationing is the exception that proves the rule, Apr. 24, 2020.

Julia Galef, Raymond Niles, Amihai Glazer, 'Price gouging' in emergencies, Rationally Speaking Podcast, August 18, 2021.

Feeding Everyone No Matter What, ALLFED.

Robin Hanson, MRE Futures, To Not Starve, Sep. 9, 2017.

Robin Hanson, Compare Refuge, Resort, Dec. 10,2010.

Robin Hanson, Variolation (+ Isolation) May Cut Covid19 Deaths 3-30X, Mar. 30, 2020.

Robin Hanson, Vouch For Pandemic Passports, April 24, 2020.


Kevin Bryan, Heidi Williams, Innovation: Market Failures and Public Policies, August, 2021.

Robin Hanson, Why Not Innovate More?, Aug. 24, 2021.


Brad Plumer, Past climate treaties failed. So the Paris deal will try something radically different., Vox, Dec. 14, 2015.

Arnold Kling, International Trade, EconLog.

Robin Hanson, Is World Government Inevitable?, July 31, 2012.

Robin Hanson, The World Forager Elite, Sep. 22, 2020.

Robin Hanson, The Coming Cosmic Control Conflict, July 1, 2021.


Worker Cooperative, Wikipedia.

Robin Hanson, Firm Inefficiency, July 3, 2014.

Takeover, Wikipedia

Robin Hanson, Socialism: A Gift You’d Exchange?, Oct 14, 2020.

The Socialist Manifesto, Oct. 9, 2020.

Robin Hanson, Futarchy: Vote Values, But Bet Beliefs.


Robin Hanson, Tech Regs Are Coming, Jan. 12, 2014.

Robin Hanson, A Coming Hypocralypse?, Sep. 4, 2018.

Robin Hanson, Nickname Court, Jan. 28, 2020.

Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson, The Elephant in the Brain, Chapter 9: Conversation, Jan. 2018.

Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson, The Elephant in the Brain, Chapter 19: Consumption, Jan. 2018.

Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson, The Elephant in the Brain, Chapter 16: Politics, Jan. 2018. Immigration & IDs , , , , , , , ,