Review Essay on Charles F. Manski's Public Policy in an Uncertain World: Analysis and Decisions

John Geweke

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Abstract

Public policy setting often involves quantitative choices with quantitative outcomes. Yet unqualified statements about the precise consequences of alternative choices characterize much of the policy analysis bearing on these decisions. Public Policy in an Uncertain World: Analysis and Decisions by Charles F. Manski characterizes and richly illustrates the nature of this unwarranted certitude. It details specific constructive alternatives on which the economics profession has achieved varying degrees of consensus. Those in our profession charged with the education of future policy analysts should consider using it and how to round out its presentation of decision making from their own perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-804
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Economic Literature
Volume52
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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