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Which Famous Economist Are You Most Similar To?

#1  Postby GT2211 » Aug 23, 2013 11:23 pm

http://www.whichfamouseconomistareyoumostsimilarto.com/

IGM periodically surveys many of the most of prolific economists on economic topics(gold standard, vouchers, bailouts). The site above has created a list of those questions and uses your answers to highlight which of your responses differ from most economists, which economist you are most similar too, and a diagram on how you stack up.

Anyway I apparently differ on questions 10, 34, 36, 48, 54, 57, 71, 72 and 81.

There are 107 multiple choice questions overall. Though you only have answer 20 and not all 107 to get a result.

Anyway I got
#TeamEmmanuelSaez

I guess that confirms I've joined the liberal master race. :grin:
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Re: Which Famous Economist Are You Most Similar To?

#2  Postby Ayn Marx » Sep 22, 2013 3:09 pm

I find many of those questions essentially unanswerable being couched as they are in an language based on economic theory that is in and of itself irrational. So often in these kinds of surveys there's an underlying assumption we make economic decisions based on well informed rationality. This, from my perspective, is the central weekness underlying most of today's limited academic approach to the subject.
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Re: Which Famous Economist Are You Most Similar To?

#3  Postby Scot Dutchy » Sep 22, 2013 3:58 pm

I take it we are talking about snake oil salesmen?

Those ones who live off the rich seam of life?

Economists? No time for them.
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#4  Postby Scot Dutchy » Sep 22, 2013 3:59 pm

Ayn Marx wrote:I find many of those questions essentially unanswerable being couched as they are in an language based on economic theory that is in and of itself irrational. So often in these kinds of surveys there's an underlying assumption we make economic decisions based on well informed rationality. This, from my perspective, is the central weekness underlying most of today's limited academic approach to the subject.


Yep mostly the two wet fingers technique. Very scientific.
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Re: Which Famous Economist Are You Most Similar To?

#5  Postby Loren Michael » Sep 22, 2013 4:15 pm

Ayn Marx wrote:I find many of those questions essentially unanswerable being couched as they are in an language based on economic theory that is in and of itself irrational. So often in these kinds of surveys there's an underlying assumption we make economic decisions based on well informed rationality. This, from my perspective, is the central weekness underlying most of today's limited academic approach to the subject.


Which ones?

I'm like Marianne Bertrand I guess, after answering 30 or so. I kind of skipped around a bit.
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#6  Postby iamthereforeithink » Sep 22, 2013 4:43 pm

OK, so over 45 or so questions, I seemed to oscillate between Eric Maskin and Marianne Bertrand (more often Maskin than Bertrand), but its definitely one of these two.
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Re: Which Famous Economist Are You Most Similar To?

#7  Postby Ayn Marx » Sep 22, 2013 10:19 pm

Loren Michael wrote:
Ayn Marx wrote:I find many of those questions essentially unanswerable being couched as they are in an language based on economic theory that is in and of itself irrational. So often in these kinds of surveys there's an underlying assumption we make economic decisions based on well informed rationality. This, from my perspective, is the central weekness underlying most of today's limited academic approach to the subject.


Which ones?
All those I've thus far forced myself to read.
Any recommendations for tomes including some analysis of the power human irrationality has in influencing economic outcomes L.M.?
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Re: Which Famous Economist Are You Most Similar To?

#8  Postby Loren Michael » Sep 23, 2013 12:01 am

"All else equal, permanently raising the federal marginal tax rate on ordinary income by one percentage point for those in the top (currently 35%) tax bracket would increase federal tax revenue over the next ten years."

Essentially unanswerable?
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