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
University of Tennessee, Martin
George Mason University
April 4, 2012
GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-15
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
Date posted: April 4, 2012
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