About the Blog

Bet On It is a project of the Salem Center for Policy at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Bryan Caplan is Bet On It’s editor and chief writer. Why is the blog called “Bet On It”? Read the inaugural post to find out.

About Me

I’m Bryan Caplan, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and the New York Times Bestselling author of The Myth of the Rational Voter, Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, The Case Against Education, Open Borders, and Labor Econ Versus the World.  I’m also a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Salem Center for Policy at the University of Texas, Affiliated Faculty at the Political Economy Research Institute at Middle Tennessee State University, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.  I blogged for EconLog from 2005-2022.  

I’ve written two academic books (both with Princeton University Press), a popular science book (with Basic Books), a non-fiction graphic novel (with First Second), and a collection of essays (under my own imprint, Bet On It Books).  Click here to order.

I’m currently working on a second non-fiction graphic novel, Build, Baby, Build, to be published by the Cato Institute; seven collections of essays (all with Bet On It Books); and a new academic book, Poverty: Who To Blame.  

I live in Oakton, Virginia with my wife and four kids, though I also spend a lot of time in Austin hanging out at the Salem Center for Policy, and Nashville hanging out with my two sons who go to Vanderbilt.  I’m an openly nerdy man who loves role-playing games, board games, card games, graphic novels, and karaoke.  My favorite nerdy activity of all, though, is meeting nerdy people to talk about nerdy stuff.


Bryan Caplan
I am a Professor of Economics at George Mason University, and the New York Times Bestselling author.
Chris Freiman
I'm Associate Professor of Philosophy at William & Mary interested in immigration, democratic theory, and effective altruism (among other things).