Wouter Den Haan's picture
Affiliation: 
London School of Economics
Credentials: 
Professor of economics

Voting history

Happiness and well-being as objectives of macro policy

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Question 2: Do you agree that quantitative well-being analysis should play an important role in guiding policy makers in determining macroeconomic policies?

 
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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident

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Question 1: Do you agree that subjective well-being measures, or at least some of the subindices from the typical survey measures, are now reliable enough to give useful insights when used in macroeconomic empirical analysis?

 
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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Not confident

A “new” UK industrial strategy ?

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Question 2: Do you agree that the UK needs a new regional policy?

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Answer:
Strongly agree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
UK regional developments have been very skewed with unequal progress across the country. In theory, there are useful policies that one can think of. Whether UK governments would be able to implement something sensible is less clear.

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Question 1: Do you agree that the UK needs a new industrial policy?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
In principle there are very useful things a government can do in terms of industrial policy, for example, in terms of investing in R&D, education, infrastructure. The question is, of course, whether governments including the current UK government are able to do it right.

The Future of Central Bank Independence

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Question 3: More generally, do you agree that it is desirable to maintain central bank independence? Again focus on the near future, say next 48 months.

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Answer:
Strongly agree
Confidence level:
Extremely confident
Comment:
Just imagine another crisis. Could policy makers respond with the speed, skill and conviction that Ben Bernanke and other central bankers did?

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