Economists, Heal Thyselves

Isn't it disingenuous for Gary Becker ("How bad studies get turned into bad politics," Economic Viewpoint, June 26) to ridicule politicians by denigrating the evidence they cite to justify their policies? Why should politicians pay attention to flaws in economic analyses when the majority of economists employ these analyses all the time in publications to enhance their stature as well as justify the profession's existence?

Ali M. El-Agraa

Fukuoka University

Tokyo

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