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Progressively Uninformed

My GMU Economics colleage Dan Klein has this excellent and revealing op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal.  In it, he reports the results of a survey that he, along with Zogby researcher Zeljka Buturovic, conducted to test American adults’ grasp of basic economic ideas.  They find that people who self-indentify as “libertarian,” “very conservative,” or “conservative” understand basic economic principles far better than do people who self-identify as “liberal” or as “progressive.”

Here’s the opening paragraph:

Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians? According to a Zogby International survey that I write about in the May issue of Econ Journal Watch, the answer is unequivocal: The left flunks Econ 101.


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