Nationalekonomens uppgift i samhällsdebatten

Ekonomipristagaren George Stigler, i ”The Economist and the State”, publicerad i American Economic Review:

Their competence consists in understanding how an economic system works under alternative institutional frameworks. If they have anything of their own to contribute to the popular discussion of economic policy, it is some special understanding of the relationship between policies and results of policies. The basic role of the scientist in public policy, therefore, is that of establishing the costs and benefits of alternative institutional arrangements.

Denna nationalekonom instämmer.