Do differences in presidential economic advisers matter?
- Brian GoffAffiliated withWestern Kentucky University Email author
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Using data on members on the Council of Economic Advisors as well as US Treasury secretaries and OMB directors from 1952 through 2005, I investigate the effect of economic advisors’ educational and employment backgrounds on the time series performance of several policy variables. Ivy League advisors appear to raise non-defense government spending, although the size of the impact differs by president. While voter preferences appear to matter for a wider variety of policy variables (changes in federal regulation and marginal tax rates), the share of Ivy League advisors is at least as important as voter preferences in explaining non-defense spending.
- Do differences in presidential economic advisers matter?
Volume 142, Issue 3-4 , pp 279-291
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- Economic policy
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- Brian Goff (1)
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- 1. Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, USA