Akos Valentinyi's picture
Affiliation: 
University of Manchester

Voting history

Are academic economists ‘in touch’ with voters and politicians?

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Question 5: Voters think that the preferences of economists do not align with their own preferences. (This includes the possibility that they thought that the predicted negative economic consequences would not affect them personally).

Do you agree this was an important reason for a majority of UK voters going against the near unanimous advice of the economics profession?

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Answer:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Very confident

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Question 4: Voters did not believe the economic arguments put forward (for example, because they thought the arguments put forward by macroeconomists with dissenting views made more sense or because voters have little faith in economists in general).

Do you agree that this was an important reason for a majority of UK voters going against the near unanimous advice of the economics profession?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident

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Question 3: Voters chose to leave the EU for non-economic reasons.

Do you agree that this was an important reason for a majority of UK voters going against the near unanimous advice of the economics profession?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Not confident
Comment:
The issue of sovereignty did matter to some extent for voters.

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Question 2: What do you think is the most likely reason that a majority of UK voters went against the near unanimous advice of the economics profession?

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Answer:
B. Arguments considered wrong
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
The arguments were considered wrong as they did not address the actual problems the voters faced.

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Question 1: Do you agree that the economics profession needs an institutional change that promotes the ability to communicate more effectively with policy-makers and the public at large and to make clear when economists have a united view; and do you agree that we need to introduce leadership to help achieve this improvement through coordinated efforts?

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Answer:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
People who voted for BREXIT are largely those who did not benefit from globalisation or lost out. The economics profession currently offers no solution to their problem. It is hard to believe that any communication irrespective how effect that might have been, would have changed the mind of the voters who feel that no one offers a solution to their problems. BREXIT will not solve their problem according to the prevailing view of economists, but if people get no answer, they often accept wrong ones.

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