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Contributing Editor, TCS

Arnold Kling is a TCS Contributing Editor and an adjunct scholar with the Cato Institute.

He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an economist with the Federal Reserve Board and later with Freddie Mac. In 1994, he founded Homefair.com, one of the first commercial sites on the World Wide Web. After Homefair was sold, he wrote "Under the Radar: Starting Your Net Business Without Venture Capital," published by Perseus in 2001. He has also written "Learning Economics," a collection of essays on economic issues. Kling 's personal web site is http://arnoldkling.com. His blog (with Bryan Caplan) is at http://econlog.econlib.org. He teaches high school on a volunteer basis near his home in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is married, with three daughters.

Articles by Arnold Kling
Appreciating Our Moral and Mental Development
12 Jan 2021

In the study of history, the importance of mankind's mental and moral development has often been overlooked. My guess is that the rate of mental and moral development will accelerate sharply over the next few decades, and the phenomenon will be more widely noticed and its significance better appreciated.

Iraq's Natural State
08 Jan 2021
An important new paper by Douglass North and colleagues may have applications for Iraq.
Two Strategies for Avoiding Truth
05 Jan 2021
Elites and the masses both have strategies for avoiding the truth.
Education and Entrepreneurship
01 Dec 2020
I have been losing interest in the contests between Democrats and Republicans in Washington. I am more anxious about the outcome of the struggle between innovators and incumbents in the field of education.
For Better or For Worse: Entrepreneurs, Families, and Inequality
29 Nov 2020

Inequality is now affected by assortive mating. Assortive mating means that men with high earnings potential tend to marry women with high earnings potential. In a sense, we are back to the pre-industrial era, except that today's elite marriages combine high salaries rather than large landholdings. Arnold Kling on what, if anything, government can do about significant changes in American society and the economy.

The Exceptionally Entrepreneurial Society
27 Nov 2020

If the United States is exceptional because of our entrepreneurial culture, then our natural allies may not be in Continental Europe, in spite of its democratic governments and high levels of economic development. Instead, we may have more in common with other nations of the Anglosphere, as well as such entrepreneurial outposts as India, Israel, and Singapore.

Milton Friedman's Case
20 Nov 2020

Milton Friedman often was praised as a great debater, which can be a backhanded compliment. After all, a lawyer might be very persuasive using an emotional argument for a weak case. Instead, I contend that Friedman won on merit, because his basic position was correct.

Blame the Iraqis First
10 Nov 2020

I think that American troops should stay to protect the oil fields in Iraq. They should also seal the Kurdish region. On the other hand, I'd be happy to see our soldiers walk out of Baghdad, not with their tails between their legs but with their middle fingers in the air.

Operation Sunscreen
02 Nov 2020

When the Stern Review says that the cost of the de-industrialization strategy "can be limited to around 1% of global GDP each year," that makes the cost seem small. The number 1, after all, is a low number. Arnold Kling on strategies for combating global warming.

The Leadership Myth
24 Oct 2020
The belief that the problem with government is the particular individuals in power is dangerous. The myth is that somewhere out there we could find great leaders who could use government to solve all of our problems. Instead, we need to be vigilant against the enlargement of government, by either mediocre or expert leaders.
Adding Passengers to the Titanic
19 Oct 2020
Medicare is the fiscal equivalent of the Titanic, and its unfunded liability is the iceberg that lies ahead. Proposals to increase government's role in funding health care amount to adding passengers to the Titanic.
A Dialogue with a Liberal
13 Oct 2020
If Professor Stone is truly as open-minded as he says, then he ought to examine what economists have found about the sources of economic growth and the ways that poverty has been alleviated over time.
Dear Libertarian Democrats...
05 Oct 2020
I can see the possibility of at least a temporary alliance between libertarians and Democrats, provided that both are willing to experiment. Here is what I propose...
From Far Left to Libertarian
28 Sep 2020
I travelled the route from Far Left to libertarian. I think that quite a few libertarians have travelled that route, and yet I cannot think of anyone who has gone the other direction. This leads me to suspect...
A Military Strategy, Not a Marketing Strategy
20 Sep 2020
I believe that the problem of Islamic fascism is real. However, the Republicans' military strategy seems designed to maximize Democratic opposition rather than to win the war. It is a marketing strategy. The rest of this essay will spell out a military strategy instead.
November: The Case for Staying Home
14 Sep 2020
Ordinarily, I vote every time, even when I do not like the choices. I like to send the message, "I am here, and I care, so try to earn my vote." This time, I want to send a different message.
Naming Our Enemies
06 Sep 2020
We need to re-build our civil libertarian fortresses, not simply retreat from them. It is why I am proposing here a formal process for naming our enemies.
Three Can't-Miss School Reforms
24 Aug 2020
What follows are some ideas that do not require government action to be implemented. They only require common sense.
Sane Mutiny: The Coming Populist Revolt
22 Aug 2020
There has been a shift in the popular mood in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel as a result of events this summer in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and London. This is one of those eras where the political elites are out of touch with mass opinion. In this case, I think that the elites are mostly wrong, and I hope that they adjust.
A Preference for Ignorance
17 Aug 2020
In the fields of health care, education, and assistance to poor countries, among many others, people would prefer not to have the answers to questions about what works and what doesn't. It seems as though we prefer to be ignorant about what succeeds and what fails. We know shockingly little about the cost-effectiveness of very expensive programs.