Do Economists Agree on Anything? Yes!

  title={Do Economists Agree on Anything? Yes!},
  author={Robert M. Whaples},
  journal={The Economists' Voice},
Economists’ Voice November, 2006 © The Berkeley Electronic Press D o economists agree on anything, when it comes to U.S. policy? To listen to the debates, one might think not. Issues ranging from Social Security to the minimum wage, from educational vouchers to global warming, and from energy to taxation, seem to spark disagreement. But are the divisions real, or illusory? After all, one can always find a talking head on either side of any issue. But are there issues where one talking head is… 

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