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How Economists Help Central Government Think: Survey Evidence from the UK Government Economic Service

Anand, Paul; Roope, Laurence and Ross, Andy (2019). How Economists Help Central Government Think: Survey Evidence from the UK Government Economic Service. International Journal of Public Administration, 42(13) pp. 1145–1157.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2019.1575668
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Abstract

Economic thinking is widely used now across most areas of government activity, though there is not much research on what professional economists do. This paper, therefore, develops and reports on a survey of over 500 members of the UK Government Economic Service, which we use to shed light on the activities and thinking of practitioners. We find, inter alia, that professional economics can be seen as drawing on at least four distinct economic paradigms, that the uses of economics vary significantly between areas of government and that whilst significant use of research can be made, this is not necessarily a defining aspect of professional practice.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1532-4265
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe Royal Economic Society
Keywords: economics and public policy; research utilization; economics training; sociology of economics
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Economics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 60207
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2019 10:37
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2020 12:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/60207
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