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Views among Economists: Professional Consensus or Point-Counterpoint?

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  • Gordon, Roger

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    (University of California, San Diego)

  • Dahl, Gordon B.

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    (University of California, San Diego)

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To what degree do economists disagree about key economic questions? To provide evidence, we make use of the responses to a series of questions posed to a distinguished panel of economists put together by the Chicago School of Business. Based on our analysis, we find a broad consensus on these many different economic issues, particularly when the past economic literature on the question is large. Any differences are unrelated to observable characteristics of the Panel members, other than men being slightly more likely to express an opinion. These differences are idiosyncratic, with no support for liberal vs. conservative camps.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7184.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2013
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Publication status: published in: American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 2013, 103 (3), 629-635
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  1. Alston, Richard M & Kearl, J R & Vaughan, Michael B, 1992. "Is There a Consensus among Economists in the 1990's?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 82(2), pages 203-09, May.
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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, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 180-187.
  2. Niklas Potrafke, 2013. "Minderheitsvoten im Sachverständigenrat: Eine politisch-ökonomische Analyse," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 66(09), pages 37-40, 05.
  3. 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.

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