My Freshman Seminar
I took a poll of the students' favorite readings. The winners were
- Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
- Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
- The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heilbroner
Click here for the full reading list.I also asked the students how their views had changed over the course of the semester. Those who started out liberal said they came to appreciate market mechanisms more. Those who started out conservative said they came to appreciate the market's limitations. In other words, after a few months of reading and discussing economics and public policy, most of them moved toward the political center and closer to agreement.