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Political Economy Forum

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The Political Economy Forum of the University of Washington discusses cutting-edge academic research in the area of Political Economy.


#3 - On Science and Evidence-Based Policymaking

In this episode, the founders and organizers of the UW Political Economy Forum discuss the importance of the scientific method to improve how policymakers make decisions.

Professors Rachel Heath, James D. Long and Victor Menaldo discuss how scientific inquiry is conducted in political economy and public policy – the pitfalls of relying on intuition and ideology when deciding on policy – and how to ensure that dysfunctional approaches to solving problems get weeded out.

The conversation repeatedly makes references to a recent post on Ronald Coase’s contribution to evidence-based policymaking as well as a more general post on the topic by Victor Menaldo.

Produced by Nicolas Wittstock

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