Do the folk actually hold folk-economic beliefs?


Boyer and Petersen argue that folk-economic beliefs are widespread—shaped by evolved cognitive systems—and they offer exemplar beliefs to illustrate their thesis. We highlight evidence of substantial variation in one domain of these exemplars; beliefs about immigration. Contra B&Ps exemplars, the balance of this evidence suggests the “folk” may actually hold positive beliefs about the economic impact of immigration.

Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, e190
Ben Tappin
Postdoctoral Researcher

My research interests are in political communication and persuasion.