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Advice and dissent : why America suffers when economics and politics collide

Author: Alan S Blinder
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Argues that there is a cultural divide between economists and politicians that results in bad economic policy, with politicians using economic advice to bolster pre-conceived notions, and economists failing to take short-term human costs into account when focusing on long-term economic efficiency.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Blinder, Alan S.
Advice and dissent.
New York, NY : Basic Books, [2018]
(DLC) 2017054661
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan S Blinder
ISBN: 9780465094172 0465094171
OCLC Number: 1011555141
Description: xii, 346 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The lamppost theory of economic policy --
Clashing civilizations --
Lost horizons? --
Madison's curse meets Madison Avenue --
The media are the messengers --
Murphy's law of economic policy --
Wanted: hard-headed but soft-hearted policies --
Trade disagreements --
With liberty and inequality for all? --
The political quicksand of tax reform --
Toward remedies: moving the needle --
Toward remedies: moving the line --
Last word: on bridging the gap.
Responsibility: Alan S. Blinder.

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Argues that there is a cultural divide between economists and politicians that results in bad economic policy, with politicians using economic advice to bolster pre-conceived notions, and economists failing to take short-term human costs into account when focusing on long-term economic efficiency.

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