The Forsaken-Liberty Syndrome: Looking at Published Judgments to Say Whether Economists Reach a Conclusion
Daniel B. Klein
George Mason University - Department of Economics
August 31, 2012
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Forthcoming
GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 12-39
Do economists reach a conclusion on a given policy issue? One way to answer the question is to survey economists at large. Another is to look at the published judgments of economists who have gone on the record. Relative to an anonymous survey, going on the record makes for much greater accountability, and presumably more personal responsibility. I discuss eleven studies of economists’ published judgments. Several of them show greater support for liberalization than found among economists at large. This is offered as evidence of what I call the forsaken-liberty syndrome. I discuss the nature of this test of such syndrome and point to some of the larger questions to which it relates.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: Economists, judgment, liberalization, consensus
JEL Classification: A11, A13, A14
Date posted: September 1, 2012
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