Commentary

When economists agree

Robert Whaples surveyed members of the American Economic Association. He covered lots of ground and found quite a lot of agreement, nearly all in the less-government direction. Survey write-up here. Greg Mankiw summarizes some findings here, including:

ï 87.5 percent agree that “the U.S. should eliminate remaining tariffs and other barriers to trade.” ï 85.2 percent agree that “the U.S. should eliminate agricultural subsidies.” ï 67.1 percent agree that “parents should be given educational vouchers which can be used at government-run or privately-run schools.” ï 65.0 percent agree that “the U.S. should increase energy taxes.” ï 90.1 percent disagree with the position that “the U.S. should restrict employers from outsourcing work to foreign countries.”

Ted Balaker is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and founding partner of Korchula Productions, a film and new media production company devoted to making important ideas entertaining.