Views Among Economists: Professional Consensus or Point-Counterpoint?

21 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2013

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Roger H. Gordon

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Economics; Harvard University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Gordon B. Dahl

UC San Diego - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Rochester - Department of Economics

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Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

To what degree do economists disagree about key economic questions? To provide evidence, we make use of the responses to a series of questions posed to a distinguished panel of economists put together by the Chicago School of Business. Based on our analysis, we find a broad consensus on these many different economic issues, particularly when the past economic literature on the question is large. Any differences are unrelated to observable characteristics of the Panel members, other than men being slightly more likely to express an opinion. These differences are idiosyncratic, with no support for liberal vs. conservative camps.

Suggested Citation

Gordon, Roger H. and Dahl, Gordon B., Views Among Economists: Professional Consensus or Point-Counterpoint? (January 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w18728. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2207264

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