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The Role Of Ideology In Disagreements Among Economists. A Quantitative Analisis:

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How justified is the charge that ideology strongly influences the allegedly objective opinions of economists? An analysis of a new survey of AEA members and of surveys by Fuchs et al of labor economists and public economists shows that value judgments and judgments about the government's efficacy have some influence on the way economists think about what should be purely economic issues. But such influence is not strong enough to explain much of the disagreement among economists.

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Paper provided by California Davis - Department of Economics in its series Department of Economics with number 00-01.

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  1. Mayer, T., 1993. "Why is there so Much Disagreement Among Economists?," Papers, California Davis - Institute of Governmental Affairs 93-20, California Davis - Institute of Governmental Affairs.
  2. Thomas Mayer, . "Monetarists And Keynesians On Central Banking: A Study Of A Failed Debate," Department of Economics, California Davis - Department of Economics 96-06, California Davis - Department of Economics.
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  7. Backhouse, R.E., 1993. "The Fixation of Economic Beliefs," Discussion Papers, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham 93-15, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham.
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  1. Potrafke, Niklas, 2013. "Minority positions in the German Council of Economic Experts: A political economic analysis," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 180-187.
  2. Klaus Mohn, 2010. "Autism in Economics? A Second Opinion," Forum for Social Economics, Springer, vol. 39(2), pages 191-208, July.
  3. Thomas Mayer, 2006. "The Empirical Significance of Econometric Models," Working Papers 620, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics.

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