Thursday, September 6, 2012

A survey finds that economists' gender matters for normative, but not positive questions

Here (HT Peter Boettke).

The finding isn't particularly surprising to me, but I think it was badly framed by the title (which says that economists' analyses are not objective!). I think this just shows that given the same objective analyses (the survey finds there aren't many differences on matters of "theory and methodology"), different economists with different backgrounds have different normative views.

That strikes me as being very different from the claim that our analyses aren't objective.

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