Date of Birth: 08/04/1971
Citizenship: United States
His professional activity is dedicated to the philosophy of libertarianism, free market capitalism and anarchism. Along with Arnold Kling (Arnold Kling) and David Henderson (David Henderson) he maintains a blog on EconLog and is one of its editors, and occasionally appears as a guest blogger at Marginal Revolution economic blog, along with two of his colleagues at the University of George Mason, Tyler Cowen (Tyler Cowen), a specialist in the field of cultural economics, and Alex Tabarrok (Alex Tabarrok), a Canadian-American economist. It is worth noting that Kaplan in a blog do not hesitate to raise the controversial and often - provocative themes. In addition, Kaplan is working with the Institute Cato (Cato Institute), a research and educational organization, organized in 1977 in Washington, DC (Washington, DC).
His book `The Myth of the Rational Voter: PochemuDemokratii choose bad Politiku` (The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies), first published in 2007. The university press `Princeton University Press`, has earned high praise of colleagues and widely cited in special and popular in economic journals. The second book of Kaplan, `selfish reasons have more detey` (Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids), which considers the institution of the family with some surprising positions, prepared for publication in 2011 in the New York publishing house` Basic Books`.
Brian Kaplan was born on April 8, 1971. In 1993, he graduated with a BA in Economics University of California at Berkeley (University of California at Berkeley), in 1997, received his doctorate in economics from Princeton University (Princeton University). From 1997 to 2003, Kaplan worked as a senior lecturer of Economics at George Mason University, from 2003 to 2010, he served as an associate professor of economics, and finally became a professor of economics at George Mason University in 2010. His specialty and main interests lie in the field of public sector economics, family economics, genoekonomiki, as well as at the intersection of psychology and economics, and involve issues of public choice, public opinion. In addition, Professor keenly interested in the theories of the Austrian School of Economics.
At present the main research interest of Kaplan is the economy of the public sector. He criticized the assumption of the rational voter, which is the basis of the theory of public choice, but generally agrees with their conclusions, based on its own model of the so-called `rational irratsionalnosti`. Kaplan has long disputed the effectiveness of popular voter models, including in the framework of the exchange of views with his opponent Wittmann Donald (Donald Wittman), published by the magazine `Econ Journal Watch`. He later expanded on this theme in the book `The Myth of the Rational Izbiratele`, in which he responded to the arguments put forward in his address Wittmann in `the myth of failure demokratii` (The Myth of Democratic Failure).
Kaplan maintains a website that includes a section `kommunizma` Museum, which provides a historical, economic and philosophical analysis of communism as a political movement to draw attention to human rights violations, some of which often exceed, according to him, the actions of Nazi Germany, but remain unknown to the general public.
In 2005, Brian Kaplan was awarded the Thomas Szasz (Thomas S. Szasz Award) for `outstanding contribution to the cause of civil svobod`; in 2006 he shared with Edward Stringemom (Edward Stringham) Award `Templeton Enterprise Awards` for journal publications.