What is Economics? ï¿½ Attitudes and views of German economists
Which schools of thought are favored by German economists? What makes a good economist and which economists have been most influential? These questions were addressed in a survey, conducted in the summer of 2006 among the members of the ï¿½Verein fï¿½r Socialpolitikï¿½, the association of German speaking economists. An econometric analysis is used to identify to what extent ideological preferences or personal factors determine the respondentsï¿½ answers. Our results suggest that German economists favor Neoclassics as a school of thought and appreciate the contributions of their Anglo-Saxon colleagues much more than their fellow compatriotsï¿½ contributions. Furthermore, a ï¿½goodï¿½ economist should have expertise in a certain field, as well as a broader knowledge of general economics. Some of the results can be compared to Colander (2008). The results indicate that graduate programs noted for their American style greatly influence a studentï¿½s opinion as to what attributes a good economist must have.
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