Herding Among Bureaucrats
AbstractThe herding of expert opinions is often rationalized as the outcome of social learning. However, experts are typically individuals with career concerns. As a result,herding can also arise from the fear of opposing consensus opinion and the potential career consequences of being wrong. We empirically test for social learning and career concerns using novel data on bureaucrats' expert opinions over whether to publicly provide health insurance for pharmaceuticals.We and robust evidence that career concerns are an important source of herd behavior in these policy choices. Our endings have implications for the delegation of policy-making to experts.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 1153.
Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Experts; Social learning; Career Concerns; Bureaucrats; Pharmaceuticals;
Other versions of this item:
- D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
- H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
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