Observations

Interesting new analysis of a Zogby poll in Econ Journal watch – the short take away? The more ‘Progressive’ one is, the less one knows about economics, the more conservative one is, the more one understands economics.

It’s always nice to have empirical research back up the obvious.

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7 Responses to Observations

  1. Bettawrekonize says:

    What about us libertarians?

  2. jackhudson says:

    The study shows economic knowledge is highest amongst Conservatives and Libertarians, lowest amongst Progressives.

    This fact would certainly seem to help explain our current economic woes.

  3. Bettawrekonize says:

    In all seriousness, while I don’t necessarily agree or disagree with you, the thing about certain studies, especially a study on such a highly politicized subject such as this, is that studies sometimes tend to show what the researcher expected them to show before the study began. I’m sure there are knowledgeable libertarians, conservatives/republicans, liberals/democrats, communists, socialists, etc… and I suspect the conductor of this study is probably republican/libertarian and had the conductor been liberal the result might have been the different. Not necessarily saying there was intentionally dishonesty, just that there tends to be an unintended bias which is why I’m careful not to take these kinds of studies too seriously.

    It’s better and more effective to defend your position by showing why your position is logically correct by logically arguing the logic/reasoning and evidence supporting your position, not by asserting that those who hold your position tend to be more knowledgeable in relevant areas. That’s like atheists claiming, “those who hold my position tend to be more knowledgeable in the sciences,” even if this is true, this has no bearing on the truth or reasoning behind a given position.

  4. jackhudson says:

    In this case the analysis done in an economic journal is a of a Pew Survey done on economic views; I don’t know that the Pew Research Center is particularly partisan, so I don’t think it’s a given that, “the conductor of this study is probably republican/libertarian and had the conductor been liberal the result might have been the different.”

    And I don’t think it’s just a matter of, ‘I am right because I am smarter’ – rather I think what the study shows is that sound economic principle can be subjugated by certain political positions.

    The implications of this are profound; we are currently seeing the results in Europe, as Greece sinks into intractable debt and threatens to pull the rest of Europe with it. I think the realization that certain political positions can incur significant economic damage is extremely important at this juncture in history, and worth consideration.

  5. Bettawrekonize says:

    “I think the realization that certain political positions can incur significant economic damage”

    I don’t argue this point.

  6. Bettawrekonize says:

    “And I don’t think it’s just a matter of, ‘I am right because I am smarter’ – rather I think what the study shows is that sound economic principle can be subjugated by certain political positions.”

    I guess argument I’m trying to avoid is that, “my view is probably more accurate than yours because I conducted a study that says I know more about the subject than you do.”

  7. Bettawrekonize says:

    the argument *

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