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What is Economics? � Attitudes and views of German economists

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  • Bruno S. Frey
  • Silke Humbert
  • Friedrich Schneider

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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 �Verein f�r Socialpolitik�, the association of German speaking economists. An econometric analysis is used to identify to what extent ideological preferences or personal factors determine the respondents� 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 compatriots� contributions. Furthermore, a �good� 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 student�s opinion as to what attributes a good economist must have.

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  • Bruno S. Frey & Silke Humbert & Friedrich Schneider, 2009. "What is Economics? � Attitudes and views of German economists," IEW - Working Papers 451, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  • Handle: RePEc:zur:iewwpx:451
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    Economics; economists; school of thought; neoclassics; homo oeconomicus;

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