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Most Economists Welcome Ideological Openness, A Survey Indicates


Daniel B. Klein


George Mason University - Department of Economics

William L. Davis


University of Tennessee, Martin - Department of Economics

Bob Figgins


University of Tennessee, Martin

David Hedengren


George Mason University

April 4, 2012

GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-15

Abstract:     
A sample of 299 U.S. economics professors responded to our 2010 survey, which asked: “Suppose you are reading or listening to an economist, and he discloses his own ideological proclivities. Which best represents your attitude toward his doing so:” The results surprised us. Sixty-three percent of respondents chose “I welcome it,” twenty percent chose “I am indifferent,” and only ten percent chose “I dislike it.” Most economists, it appears, welcome ideological openness, and only a small minority dislikes it. Follow-up questions asked reasons why the respondent liked (or disliked) it. These results suggest that economists – or, at least those inclined to complete a survey – are quite inclined toward natural discourse.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: Ideological openness, value-freedom, economists

JEL Classification: A13, A14, B4

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Date posted: April 4, 2012  

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Klein, Daniel B. and Davis, William L. and Figgins, Bob and Hedengren, David, Most Economists Welcome Ideological Openness, A Survey Indicates (April 4, 2012). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-15. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2034289 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2034289

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Daniel B. Klein (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
William L. Davis
University of Tennessee, Martin - Department of Economics ( email )
554 University Street
Martin, TN 38238
United States
Bob Figgins
University of Tennessee, Martin ( email )
554 University Street
Martin, TN 38238
United States
David Hedengren
George Mason University ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
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