N.B.E.R. Economists on the Candidates’ Economic Plans
Apparently, The Economist magazine doesn’t think a survey of economists by Dilbert creator Scott Adams is sufficient, so they’ve done their own.
Via e-mail, The Economist contacted all the economists in the National Bureau of Economic Research (N.B.E.R.) — a sample that would include just about every top economist in the United States — and 142 economists responded (I was one of the 142, but the questions got hard halfway through and I had to choose “don’t know/no opinion” most of the rest of the way).
The results were striking.
Remarkably, only about 10 percent of these economists self-identify as Republicans. Nearly half of economists called themselves Democrats; the rest were undeclared. Since when did economists get so liberal? I clearly have been hanging around the University of Chicago too long.
The good news for my friend Austan Goolsbee, who has been a leading figure in the Obama campaign, is that 80 percent of the economists polled think Obama would pick a better economic team. Even the Republicans polled think Obama has a better grasp of economics than McCain.