Richard Dennis's picture
Affiliation: 
University of Glasgow
Credentials: 
professor of economics

Voting history

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

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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:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
Immigration was a central theme, and immigration is an economic issue.

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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:
C. Different preferences
Confidence level:
Not confident

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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:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
I think it is quite rare for the profession to need to speak with a collective voice. However, on the occasions that it needs and desires to do so a suitable platform would be useful.

Brexit: the potential of a financial catastrophe and long-term consequences for the UK financial sector

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Question 2: What is the probability that the UK experiences such a significant disruption to financial markets and asset prices following a vote for Brexit on 23 June?

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Answer:
nontrivial but ≤ 10%
Confidence level:
Not confident

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Question 1: Do you agree that there would be substantial negative long-term consequences for the UK financial sector if the UK were to leave the EU?

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Answer:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Not confident

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