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L’économiste et l’autodétermination du citoyen


  • Dehem, Roger

    (Université Laval)


When involved in politics, the economist ought to make his value judgments explicit. Besides efficiency, personal freedom is often at issue in policy prescriptions. Except for some strong advocates of individual freedom, like Bastiat, Hayek and Friedman, economists have too often had an indifferent attitude towards it. This benign neglect may be dangerous when a minority of ideologically committed citizens is attempting to impose its will on the majority by persuasion. This is consonant with J.J. Rousseau's conception of liberty, which is at odds with the one unconsciously held by the majority of citizens who assume personal self-determination.

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  • Dehem, Roger, 1979. "L’économiste et l’autodétermination du citoyen," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 55(3), pages 280-285, juillet.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:actuec:v:55:y:1979:i:3:p:280-285

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    1. Zellner, Arnold & Montmarquette, Claude, 1971. "A Study of Some Aspects of Temporal Aggregation Problems in Econometric Analyses," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 53(4), pages 335-342, November.
    2. M. Parkin, 1970. "Discount House Portfolio and Debt Selection," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 37(4), pages 469-497.
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