Areas of Influence
The IGM Economic Experts Panels have contributed to Policy debates and Media coverage of economic issues. They are also having an influence in Classrooms and on Research.
The IGM Economic Experts Panels have been referred to in Congressional testimony. When Douglas Elmendorf — as Director of the Congressional Budget Office — testified before the House Budget committee and was asked about a fiscal stimulus, he cited the US panel in support of his response.
The panels are an excellent resource for journalists. For example, when David Brooks, New York Times columnist, was writing about changing views among politicians towards trade deals, he cited the US IGM Economic Experts Panel as evidence that many thought trade deals were a good idea. Review Brooks's article and relevant IGM Panel questions. A recent experts panel poll on tax reform was cited in the Financial Times and a New York Times editorial.
The Economic Experts Panels are now featured in leading economic textbooks, such as those by Paul Krugman and Gregory Mankiw – two widely used undergraduate texts.
The panels have also been valuable to researchers. Data from the experts’ responses have been used to study the sources of consensus and disagreement among economists, for example, as well as to compare these views to those of the public. Learn More.