Is it similar to minimum wage in that opinion is approximately split down party lines, seen in this 2006 survey: https://people.uwec.edu/jamelsem/fte/fte/efl/teacher_stuff/articles/economists_agree.pdf?

Why or why not?

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    $\begingroup$ Economists study things like "What will happen if we introduce food stamps?", not "Should we introduce food stamps?". "Should" depends on our goals and values. Your question is basically about percentage of economists that have pro-basic welfare values $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 5:05
  • $\begingroup$ "split down party lines" What country are you talking about? $\endgroup$
    – Giskard
    Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 5:22
  • $\begingroup$ That study is for the USA, so that is what I was referring to. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 15, 2020 at 16:25
  • $\begingroup$ Is anything in the USA not split down party lines? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ @user253751 gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2009/02/… $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 23:59


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