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Title:(Why) are economists different? PDF Logo
Authors:Kirchgässner, Gebhard
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:CESifo working papers 1396
Abstract:After presenting some casual evidence about the difference between economists and the rest of the population, first the survey and experimental evidence which has been presented on this topic during the last 20 years is discussed. But can these results really be transferred to real world situations? To show this, examples of referenda results in Switzerland are presented where the citizens decided against recommendations of most economists. But what is so particular in economic theory that causes these different convictions? Some explanations are given with respect to positive economic theory and with respect to the normative convictions of economists. The paper concludes with possible consequences which economists might draw.
Subjects:cooperative behaviour
indoctrination
self-selection
referenda results
economic model of behaviour
commitment
fairness of the market
JEL:B40
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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