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Gauging the Perception of Cronyism in the United States

Gauging the Perception of Cronyism in the United States

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This paper surveys the research on cronyism and the available methods of measuring it—in particular, using surveys to measure the perception of cronyism. We also make suggestions for improving our measurements of cronyism.
This paper surveys the research on cronyism and the available methods of measuring it—in particular, using surveys to measure the perception of cronyism. We also make suggestions for improving our measurements of cronyism.

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Published by: Mercatus Center at George Mason University on Oct 25, 2012
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GAUGING THE PERCEPTION OF CRONYISMIN THE UNITED STATESDaniel J. Smith and Daniel S. Sutter
MERCATUSRESEARCH
Bridging the gap between academic ideas and real-world problems
 
Copyright 2012 © by Daniel J. Smith, Daniel S. Sutter,and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Mercatus CenterGeorge Mason University 3351 North Fairfax Drive, 4th Floor Arlington, VA 22201-4433(703) 993-4930mercatus.org Release date: October 17, 2012
ABOUT THE MERCATUS CENTER AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
The Mercatus Center 
at George Mason University is the world’s premieruniversity source for market-oriented ideas—bridging the gap between academicideas and real-world problems. A university-based research center, Mercatus advances knowledge about howmarkets work to improve people’s lives by training graduate students, conduct-ing research, and applying economics to offer solutions to society’s most pressing problems.Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of the institutions thataffect the freedom to prosper and to find sustainable solutions that overcome the barriers preventing individuals from living free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.Founded in 1980, the Mercatus Center is located on George Mason University’s Arlington campus.www.mercatus.org 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Daniel J. Smith
is an assistant professor of economics at the Manuel H. JohnsonCenter for Political Economy at Troy University and an adjunct scholar at theMackinac Center for Public Policy. He received his PhD in economics from GeorgeMason University in 2011 and a BBA in economics, banking & finance, and businessmanagement from Northwood University in 2007.
Daniel S. Sutter 
is the Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics with the ManuelH. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University and a senior affili-ated scholar with the Mercatus Center. His research interests include the societalimpacts of extreme weather, the economics of the news media, the markets foreconomists and economic research, environmental regulation, and constitutionaleconomics. Sutter has published over 85 articles in scholarly journals in economics,atmospheric sciences, civil engineering, and political science. He has co-authoredwith Kevin Simmons two books on the societal impacts of tornadoes.

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