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Economists Polled On Pre-Election Economy

| Oct. 15, 2012
A survey of economists is published in the November 2012 issue of Foreign Policy.  One question was whether we thought that the US unemployment rate would dip below 8.0% before the election.   When the FPconducted the poll at the end of the summer, unemployment was 8.1-8.2%.  Now it’s 7.8%.  Only 8% of the respondents said “yes.”   (I was one.  I basically just extrapolated the trend of the last two years.)
My fellow economists choose defense and agricultural subsidies as the two categories of US federal spending that they think the best to cut.  They rate the euro crisis as the greatest threat to the world economy now and are particularly worried about Spain.
For a slideshow presentation of the results, see “The FP Survey: The Economy.”   Or in a magazine format:  “If we’re ever going to get out of this slump, what will it take?  We asked more than 60 leading economists to tell us.”
Also, here is a recent poll from The Economist, asking similar questions of NBER and NABE economists:   “Asking the Experts,” Oct. 6..
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For Academic Citation: Frankel, Jeffrey.Economists Polled On Pre-Election Economy.” Views on the Economy and the World, October 15, 2012, https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/economists-polled-pre-election-economy.