Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Is There a Free-Market Economist in the House? The Policy Views of American Economic Association Members

Contents:

Author Info

  • Stern, Charlotta

    ()
    (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

  • Klein, Daniel B.

    ()
    (George Mason University, USA, (and Ratio Institute, Stockholm).)

Abstract

People 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.

Download Info

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
File URL: http://www.sofi.su.se/content/1/c6/03/09/74/WP06no6.pdf
Our checks indicate that this address may not be valid because: 500 Can't connect to webb.polopoly.it.su.se:80 (Bad hostname) (http://www.sofi.su.se/content/1/c6/03/09/74/WP06no6.pdf [301 Moved Permanently]--> http://webb.polopoly.it.su.se/content/1/c6/03/09/74/WP06no6.pdf). If this is indeed the case, please notify (Lena Lindahl)
Download Restriction: no

Bibliographic Info

Paper provided by Swedish Institute for Social Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 6/2006.

as in new window
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 02 Apr 2006
Date of revision:
Handle: RePEc:hhs:sofiwp:2006_006

Contact details of provider:
Postal: SOFI, Stockholm University, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: (0)8 - 16 32 48
Fax: (0)8 - 15 46 70
Web page: http://www.sofi.su.se/
More information through EDIRC

Related research

Keywords: -;

This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

References

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
as in new window
  1. William A. McEachern, 2006. "AEA Ideology: Campaign Contributions of American Economic Association Members, Committee Members, Officers, Editors, Referees, Authors, and Acknowledgees," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 3(1), pages 148-179, January.
  2. John J. Siegfried, 1998. "Who Is a Member of the AEA?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 12(2), pages 211-222, Spring.
  3. Whaples, Robert, 1995. "Where Is There Consensus Among American Economic Historians? The Results of a Survey on Forty Propositions," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge University Press, vol. 55(01), pages 139-154, March.
  4. Mark Thornton, 2004. "Prohibition vs. Legalization: Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on Drug Policy?," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 1(1), pages 82-105, April.
  5. Victor R. Fuchs & Alan B. Krueger & James M. Poterba, 1998. "Economists' Views about Parameters, Values, and Policies: Survey Results in Labor and Public Economics," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 36(3), pages 1387-1425, September.
  6. Kearl, J R, et al, 1979. "A Confusion of Economists?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 69(2), pages 28-37, May.
  7. Daniel B. Klein, 2006. "Sense and Sensibilities: Myrdal's Plea for Self-Disclosure and Some Disclosures on AEA Members," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 3(1), pages 180-205, January.
  8. Fuchs, Victor R, 1996. "Economics, Values, and Health Care Reform," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 86(1), pages 1-24, March.
  9. Malcolm Anderson & Richard Blandy & Sarah Carne, 1993. "Academic Economic Opinion in East Asia," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 26(3), pages 5-19.
  10. Dan Fuller & Doris Geide-stevenson, 2003. "Consensus Among Economists: Revisited," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(4), pages 369-387, December.
  11. Bryan Caplan, 2002. "Systematically Biased Beliefs About Economics: Robust Evidence of Judgemental Anomalies from the Survey of Americans and Economists on the Economy," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(479), pages 433-458, April.
  12. Walter Block & Michael A. Walker, 1988. "Entropy in the Canadian Economics Profession: Sampling Consensus on the Major Issues," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 14(2), pages 137-150, June.
  13. Ted Balaker & Cecilia Joung Kim, 2006. "Do Economists Reach a Conclusion On Rail Transit?," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 3(3), pages 551-602, September.
  14. Shirley Svorny, 2004. "Licensing Doctors: Do Economists Agree?," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 1(2), pages 279-305, August.
  15. Ricketts, Martin & Shoesmith, Edward, 1992. "British Economic Opinion: Positive Science or Normative Judgment?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 82(2), pages 210-15, May.
  16. Robert J. Blendon, 1997. "Bridging the Gap between the Public's and Economists' Views of the Economy," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 11(3), pages 105-118, Summer.
  17. Malcolm Anderson & Richard Blandy, 1992. "What Australian Economics Professors Think," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 25(4), pages 17-40.
  18. Caplan, Bryan, 2001. "What Makes People Think Like Economists? Evidence on Economic Cognition from the "Survey of Americans and Economists on the Economy."," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 44(2), pages 395-426, October.
  19. Adrian T. Moore & Ted Balaker, 2006. "Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on Taxi Deregulation?," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 3(1), pages 109-132, January.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

Citations

Blog mentions

As found by EconAcademics.org, the blog aggregator for Economics research:
  1. Anti-economist watch: David Sloan Wilson edition
    by Chris Auld in ChrisAuld.com on 2011-09-27 00:10:10
Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
as in new window

Cited by:
  1. Giacomo A. M. Ponzetto, 2008. "Heterogeneous information and trade policy," Economics Working Papers, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 1296, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, revised Dec 2011.
  2. Niclas Berggren & Henrik Jordahl & Charlotta Stern, 2009. "The Political Opinions of Swedish Social Scientists," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 22(2), pages 75-88, Autumn.
  3. Klein, Daniel B. & Stern, Charlotta, 2005. "Narrow-Tent Democrats and Fringe Others: The Policy Views of Social Science Professors," Working Paper Series, Swedish Institute for Social Research 8/2005, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  4. Daniel B. Klein, 2013. "The Ideological Migration of the Economics Laureates: Introduction and Overview," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 10(3), pages 218-239, September.
  5. Cohen, Joseph N, 2010. "Neoliberalism’s relationship with economic growth in the developing world: Was it the power of the market or the resolution of financial crisis?," MPRA Paper 24527, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Timothy C. Haab & John C. Whitehead, 2013. "What do Environmental and Resource Economists Think? Results from a Survey of AERE Members," Working Papers, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University 13-19, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
  7. Michael Morrisey & John Cawley, 2008. "The production of published research by U.S. academic health economists," International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 87-111, June.
  8. Cohen, Joseph N, 2010. "Neoliberalism’s relationship with economic growth in the developing world: Was it the power of the market or the resolution of financial crisis?," MPRA Paper 24399, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Cohen, Joseph N, 2011. "“Economic freedom” and economic growth: questioning the claim that freer markets make societies more prosperous," MPRA Paper 33758, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  10. J. O’Roark & William Wood, 2011. "Determinants of congressional minimum wage support: the role of economic education," Public Choice, Springer, Springer, vol. 147(1), pages 209-225, April.

Lists

This item is featured on the following reading lists or Wikipedia pages:
  1. Talk:Free trade debate in Wikipedia English ne '')
  2. Talk:Economic freedom/Archive 1 in Wikipedia English ne '')
  3. Talk:Economist in Wikipedia English ne '')

Statistics

Access and download statistics

Corrections

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:hhs:sofiwp:2006_006. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Lena Lindahl).

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.