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October 5  

Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration — October 5

Bryan Caplan Event

This event is free and open to the Texas Tech University community and the general public. Advance registration, social distancing regulations, and face masks will be required for in person attendance.

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About the Program

American policy-makers have long been locked in a heated battle over whether, how many, and what kind of immigrants to allow to live and work in the country. Those in favor of welcoming more immigrants often cite humanitarian reasons, while those in favor of more restrictive laws argue the need to protect native citizens.

Dr. Bryan Caplan adds a new, compelling perspective to the immigration debate: He argues that opening all borders could eliminate absolute poverty worldwide and usher in a booming worldwide economy—greatly benefiting humanity.

Dr. Caplan will deliver a lecture based on research from his recently published book, Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration, where he makes the case for unrestricted immigration easy to follow and hard to deny.

About the Speaker

Bryan Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University and a New York Times Bestselling author. He is the author of The Myth of the Rational Voter (named "the best political book of the year" by the New York Times), Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, The Case Against Education, and Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration (co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's Zach Weinersmith). His latest project, Poverty: Who To Blame, is now well underway.

Dr. Caplan writes for EconLog, the blog for The Library of Economics and Liberty. In addition to The New York Times, he has published numerous op-eds and articles for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The American Economic Review, The Economic Journal, The Journal of Law and Economics, and The Intelligence. He has also appeared on ABC, BBC, Fox News, MSNBC, and C-SPAN.

As an openly nerdy man who loves role-playing games and graphic novels, Dr. Caplan lives in Oakton, Virginia, with his wife and four kids.


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