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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Do Economists Promote Ideology as Science?

My latest column:

Do Economists Promote Ideology as Science?: Which is more important in determining the policy positions of economists, ideology or evidence? Is economics, as some assert, little more than a means of dressing up ideological arguments in scientific clothing?
This certainly happens, especially among economists connected to politically driven think tanks – places like the Heritage Foundation come to mind. Economists who work for businesses also have a tendency to present evidence more like a lawyer advocating a particular position than a scientist trying to find out how the economy really works. But what about academic economists who are supposed to be searching for the truth no matter the political implications? Can we detect the same degree of bias in their research and policy positions? ...

    Posted by on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 04:05 AM in Economics, Fiscal Times | Permalink  Comments (66)


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