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Is There a Free-Market Economist in the House?: The policy views of American Economic Association members
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2007 (English)In: American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Vol. 66, no 2, 309-334 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

People often suppose or imply that free-market economists constitute a significant portion of all economists. We surveyed American Economic Association members and asked their views on 18 specific forms of government activism. We find that about 8 percent of AEA members can be considered supporters of free-market principles, and that less than 3 percent may be called strong supporters. The data are broken down by voting behavior (Democratic or Republican). Even the average Republican AEA member is "middle-of-the-road," not free-market. We offer several possible explanations of the apparent difference between actual and attributed views.

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2007. Vol. 66, no 2, 309-334 p.
Keyword [en]
Economists, Academics, Public policy views, AEA members
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13654OAI: diva2:180174
Available from: 2008-04-22 Created: 2008-04-22 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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