Phi Beta Cons

Students Who Don’t Do Anything

GMU economics professor Bryan Caplan explains in this post that, in his upper-division courses, routinely about 10 percent of the students enrolled do nothing. They do no work, but don’t drop the class either, which would at least get a modest refund into the hands of their parents. Caplan wonders why that is the case.

I think the answer is pretty much the same as why politicians spend so recklessly: it’s not their money.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.