Do the folk actually hold folk-economic beliefs?

Ben M. Tappin, Robert Ross, Ryan T. McKay

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere190
Pages (from-to)45-46
Number of pages2
JournalThe Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


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