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Economic Science and Political Influence

Gilles Saint-Paul

No 7120, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: When policymakers and private agents use models, the economists who design the model have an incentive to alter it in order to influence outcomes in a fashion consistent with their own preferences. I discuss some consequences of the existence of such ideological bias. In particular, I analyze the role of measurement infrastructures such as national statistical institutes, the extent to which intellectual competition between different schools of thought may lead to polarization of views over some parameters and at the same time to consensus over other parameters, and finally how the attempt to preserve influence can lead to degenerative research programs.

Keywords: degenerative research programs; intellectual competition; autocoherent models; polarization; self-confirming equilibria; macroeconomic modelling; ideology; identification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A11 E6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 44 pages
Date: 2012-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hpe and nep-sog
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Published - published in: Journal of the European Economic Association, 2013, 11 (5), 1004 - 1031

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