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What Does the Public Know about Economic Policy, and How Does It Know It?

  • Alan S. Blinder

    (Princeton University)

  • Alan B. Krueger

    (Princeton University)

A long tradition in economic theory models economic policy decisions as solutions to optimization problems solved by rational and well-informed agents: A single policymaker minimizes a loss function subject to some constraints. Another body of literature models policy decisions as if they were made by well-informed voters in elections of some sort.

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Paper provided by Princeton University, Department of Economics, Center for Economic Policy Studies. in its series Working Papers with number 103.

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