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Friday, August 22, 2014


Excellent piece, with advice that is very well taken. We still have the problem, though, of researchers and policy makers speaking fundamentally different languages. Elected officials, in particular, are very uncomfortable with "tentative statements, qualified recommendtions, and revocation of previous claims" as necessary as they may be. They want certainty, and there is no shortage of advocates willing to supply it. This may be the biggest reason for the relative lack of influence of research on public policy.

Harry Truman once asked if someone could find him a one-armed economist, so they could not say "but on the other hand."

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