Friday, April 2, 2021

Take the Test: Which Famous Mainstream Economists Are You Most Similar To?

Not surprisingly, my dot on the dot plot of views is an outlier (red dot).

The four mainstream economists that have views closest to mine are:

  • Jonathan Levin, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • Robert E. Hall, the Robert and Carole McNeil Joint Hoover Senior Fellow and Professor of Economics, Stanford University.
  • Steven Neil Kaplan, the Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and Kessenich E.P. Faculty Director at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
  • Robert Shimer, the Alvin H. Baum Chair in the Economics Department of the University of Chicago. He was an editor of the Journal of Political Economy from 2004 to 2012.
The four economists with views farthest away from mine are:
  • Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, heads the  Center for Equitable Growth and was an adviser to Elizabeth Warren.
  • Daron Acemoglu, the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at MIT. He  has voiced concerns regarding the increasing inequality in the United States.
  • David Matthew Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics at Harvard University. He served in the administration of Bill Clinton and was the senior health care advisor to Barack Obama.
  • David H. Autor, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also acts as co-director of the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative
 You can take the test here.



  1. You must be brainwashing me, Mr. Wenzel; my dot is right on top of yours.

  2. I moved all the way to the right. For a while, I was literally "off the chart".

    1. That's where I ended up. I must be a total radical.

  3. I paired with this guy, Richard Thaler
    American economist, whom I have never heard of ever.

    I also deviated 14 out of 24 when it came to the alleged expert panel of shills. Maybe I should have been an economist.

  4. My dot landed in exactly the same position.