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Economic policy advice and political preferences

  • Peter Coughlin

This essay argues that public choice offers an appropriate approach for thinking about economic policy advice. First I discuss the nature of the policy advice that is proffered by economists. Then I specifically suggest that one of the most common modeling features in the public choice literature (viz., the assumption that individuals have political preferences) may be useful in helping us understand the nature of this advice. Finally, I also carry out a tentative exploration of the implications of accepting the perspective that is provided when the suggested modeling feature is used in this context. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

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Volume (Year): 61 (1989)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 201-216

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