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Shaka





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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:11 pm    Post subject: Are You an Austrian, Axiomatic or Mainstream Economist? Reply with quote

The Mises Institute has distributed a list of 25 questions which purport to sort out Austrians, Keynesians, monetarists and Marxists. Apparently, in their world view, axiomatic economists do not exist. Many people have taken this test and almost all of them have been told that they are 80 to 90% Austrian. This would imply either that Austrianism is far more prevalent in society than hitherto suspected, or that the test takers were hoodwinked.

Actually, it is the latter. The Mises Institute is conflating Austrianism with libertarianism. Most of their questions are about jurisprudence, not economics, and are really just asking if one is libertarian. The 80 to 90% represents the prevalence of libertarianism in society, or at least among people who visit their site. The purpose of the Mises Institute’s test is to convince libertarians that there is no other economic theory compatible with their beliefs, not to convert mainstream or Marxist economists, who are assumed to be irredeemable.

In contrast to the Mises Institute, my test asks only theoretical, not ideological, questions. I assume that everybody taking it is more or less supportive of capitalism and the free market. (If you are a Marxist, you might want to read my Critique of Montagne rather than take this test.) I intend to sort out followers of the axiomatic, Austrian and mainstream schools of economic thought. By “mainstream” I mean concepts that are widely taught in the universities, not just Keynesianism. Austrians tend to assume that the two terms are synonymous, which is not true.

Take the 20-question quiz at Are You an Austrian, Axiomatic or Mainstream Economist?

Take the 6-question quiz at Short Version of Quiz.

Statistics as of 1 March 2009

All Answer Totals
Axiomatic = 308 || Austrian = 309 || Mainstream = 383 || Total = 1000

Statistics as of 18 March 2009

All Answer Totals
Axiomatic = 458 || Austrian = 437 || Mainstream = 609 || Total = 1504

Statistics as of 28 April 2009

All Answer Totals
Axiomatic = 626 || Austrian = 592 || Mainstream = 785 || Total = 2003

As you can see, unlike the Mises Institute, which turned their “quiz” into a propaganda tool to convince the sheeple that 90% of the other sheeple were also Austrians and, thus, it was nothing to be ashamed of, my quiz is for real. I honestly want to know what the proportions of Austrian, axiomatic and mainstream economists are. I knew that mainstream economists were the majority – if they were the minority position, they wouldn’t be called “mainstream” – but I really had no idea whether the Austrian or the axiomatic economists were greater in number.
Shaka





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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Statistics as of 8 May 2009

All Answer Totals
Axiomatic = 753 || Austrian = 787 || Mainstream = 957 || Total = 2497
Jason Kauppinen





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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A biased quiz.
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