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Advising Policymakers Through the Media

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  • Zimmermann, Klaus F.

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    (IZA and University of Bonn)

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In the information age an exchange with the media is part of the duties the economics profession has to deliver to educate the public and to ensure its position in society. A key issue is the education of policymakers through the media. It is the silver bullet of policy advice in comparison to commissioned research and face-to-face advice provided to the politician. It also pleases the vanity of the scientist: Few economists are willing to sacrifice the celebrity of public visibility to the effectiveness of face-to-face advice. The paper advertises for a stronger role of researchers in the public debate and suggests ways to become more influential. It is argued that in the long run agenda setting is a more promising strategy than reactive press activities.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1001.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2004
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Economic Education, 2004, 35 (4), 395-405
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp1001

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Keywords: educating the public; policy advice; media activities; journalism;

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  1. Bruno S. Frey, 2000. "Was Bewirkt die Volkswirtschaftslehre?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 1(1), pages 5-33, 02.
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  1. Martha A. Starr, 2012. "Contributions of Economists to the Housing-Price Bubble," Journal of Economic Issues, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 46(1), pages 143-172, March.
  2. Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2011. "Evidenzbasierte Politikberatung," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 80(1), pages 23-33.
  3. Eichhorst, Werner & Wintermann, Ole, 2005. "Generating Legitimacy for Labor Market and Welfare State Reforms: The Role of Policy Advice in Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden," IZA Discussion Papers 1845, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Gerald Hosp & Klaus Schweinsberg, 2006. "Für eine Handvoll Euros: Der Markt für Vorträge zur Bewertung des Einflusses der Volkswirtschaftslehre," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 7(4), pages 459-469, November.

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