Libertarian SDB

Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“I often rail against Social Desirability Bias, our all-too-human tendency to lie when the truth sounds bad. Critics occasionally treat my railing as thinly-veiled ideology: I dismiss non-libertarian rhetoric as ‘mere Social Desirability Bias,’ while treating libertarian rhetoric as objective truth. To clear the air, then, let me bluntly state that most libertarian rhetoric is also drenched in Social Desirability Bias. Consider a few standard examples …” (07/07/21)