Higher Education Makes People More Libertarian

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“Libertarians have historically had an ambivalent and occasionally even antagonistic attitude towards higher education, in part because academics and administrators are overwhelmingly left-wing, including many who have a deep antipathy to libertarianism. That hostility, of course, is sometimes reciprocated. Some libertarian criticisms of universities are well-founded. But it’s also important for libertarians (and others) to recognize that the net effect of higher education is to make people more libertarian! A large-scale new study of British college graduates by political scientist Ralph Scott confirms and extends previous findings from the United States.” (04/29/22)