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Do the folk actually hold folk-economic beliefs?

  • Ben M. Tappin (a1), Robert Ross (a1) (a2) and Ryan T. McKay (a1)

Abstract

Boyer & Petersen (B&P) argue that folk-economic beliefs are widespread – shaped by evolved cognitive systems – and they offer exemplar beliefs to illustrate their thesis. In this commentary, we highlight evidence of substantial variation in one of these exemplars: beliefs about immigration. Contra claims by B&P, we argue that the balance of this evidence suggests the “folk” may actually hold positive beliefs about the economic impact of immigration.

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