Thursday, December 15, 2011

Why don't economists have more influence in the White House?

I was talking to someone who was an official in the adminstration about this.  The person told me the problem is, in part, that economists have poor social skills.  Maybe as part of grad school there should be a one credit charm school elective.

9 comments:

MK said...

Economists are too diffuse as a constituency to have a prominent voice in any Administration. No state will be swung on the advice of economists, alas.

Tracy said...

Hi Richard. I think this is a deep and concerning question. I have some ideas, but as usual Charlie Shultze said it first and better:

http://ideas.repec.org/a/aea/jecper/v10y1996i3p23-39.html

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rjs said...

obama thinks he knows better..,

how else could you explain peter orszag leaving for citigroup, economists christy romer, larry summers, & austan goolsbee returning to teaching, & jared bernstein turning to blogging?

Jake Lopata said...

Its because economists are not politicians.

Soccer Dad said...

why should economists have more influence at the white house ?
1) I'm a non economists with high school algebra math, and what i see is nobel prize winners savaging each other (eg, today on brad delong, stiglitz gets hit). Why on earth shold I take you seriously if you have such disagreements, and even if i do, how do i choose the rigth one (reread galbraiths advice to a young beauracrat)
2) POTUS time is valuable, so we should give him/her valuble stuff. I value happyness and sex and seeing my family do well a lot more then salary or gdp; so why doens't the POTUS have a coucil of psychological advisors ?

Rex said...

In part because they've been SO WRONG. Think about economist Greenspan and you're on your way to an answer.

greg said...

Perhaps because economists are no longer relevant. The president is politically, and perhaps intellectually, constrained to a fairyland where the real world, that world however imperfectly described by economics, no longer factors into his decision making.

Excess stress causes psychological regression, and stress concentrates in positions with the responsibilities, but perhaps not the actualities, of power.

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