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Is There a Free-Market Economist in the House? The Policy Views of American Economic Association Members
Department of Economics Institute for Social Research George Mason University Stockholm University Fairfax, VA 22030 S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden and, Ratio Institute, Stockholm.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2006 (English)Report (Other academic)
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 is broken down by voting behavior (Democratic or Republican). Even the average Republican AEA member is “middle-of-theroad,” not free-market. We offer several possible explanations of the apparent difference between actual and attributed views.

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2006. , 34 p.
Swedish Institute for Social Research, ISSN 0283-8222 ; 6/2006
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-72502OAI: diva2:500305
Available from: 2012-02-13 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2012-02-13Bibliographically approved

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