Is There a Free-Market Economist in the House? The Policy Views of American Economic Association Members
AbstractPeople often suppose or imply that free-market economists constitute a significant portion of all economists. We surveyed American Economic Association members and asked their views on 18 specific forms of government activism. We find that about 8 percent of AEA members can be considered supporters of free-market principles, and that less than 3 percent may be called strong supporters. The data is broken down by voting behavior (Democratic or Republican). Even the average Republican AEA member is “middle-of-the-road,” not free-market. We offer several possible explanations of the apparent difference between actual and attributed views.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Swedish Institute for Social Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 6/2006.
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 02 Apr 2006
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- NEP-ALL-2006-10-07 (All new papers)
- NEP-CDM-2006-10-07 (Collective Decision-Making)
- NEP-HPE-2006-10-07 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-PKE-2006-10-07 (Post Keynesian Economics)
- NEP-POL-2006-10-07 (Positive Political Economics)
- NEP-SOG-2006-10-07 (Sociology of Economics)
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