Economists at War

Here’s an interesting poll of American Economic Association economists and their view of the McCain-Obama matchup:


It’s no surprise to see general pro-Obama sentiment here, since people with advanced degrees are, on the whole, very solidly behind Obama. But still the variances from issue to issue are interesting. Most notable, to me, is that the economists rate “wars and homeland security” as one of Obama’s strongest issues, whereas the conventional wisdom and the bulk of the public sees this as McCain’s strong suit. It’s part of a larger trend I’ve noticed of economists, who appreciate the positive-sum nature of international relations, having generally sounder views on foreign policy than do “foreign policy experts,” who seem to me to tend in the direction of being captured by the military-industrial complex over time.