Insult Retractions: A (Very) Occasional Feature
May 16, 2011
Last year, Daniel B. Klein and Zeljka Buturovic performed and analyzed a public survey that queried the public about a series of economic questions. The structure of the survey was such that agreement with the neoclassical economic model was deemed "correct," even on issues (such as the notion that the minimum wage costs jobs) where the evidence is far from clear. Klein announced the findings in a Wall Street Journal op-ed declaring "the left has trouble squaring economic thinking with their political psychology, morals and aesthetics." Conservatives widely trumpeted the findings.
Study Proves Libertarian Economists Ignorant
June 08, 2010
Conservatives are very excited about a new study by George Mason economist Daniel Klein purporting to show that conservatives and libertarians understand economics far better than liberals do. Here's Klein's op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal: Who is better informed about the policy choices facing the country—liberals, conservatives or libertarians?