- Third World workers working for American companies overseas are being exploited.
- When two people complete a voluntary transaction, they both necessarily come away better off.
- Making abortion illegal would increase the number of black-market abortions.
- Restrictions on housing development make housing less affordable.
- Gun-control laws fail to reduce people’s access to guns.
- Mandatory licensing of professional services increases the prices of those services.
- By participating in the marketplace in the United States, immigrants reduce the economic well-being of American citizens.
- Minimum-wage laws raise unemployment.
- When two people complete a voluntary transaction, it is necessarily the case that everyone else is unaffected by their transaction.
- Drug prohibition fails to reduce people’s access to drugs.
- Legalizing drugs would give more wealth and power to street gangs and organized crime.
- Free trade leads to unemployment.
- A company with the largest market share is a monopoly.
- When a country goes to war, its citizens experience an improvement in economic well-being.
- Rent control leads to housing shortages.
- Overall, the standard of living is higher today than it was 30 years ago.
- A dollar means more to a poor person than it does to a rich person.
But regardless of what's true about the extent to which economists agree on these questions, and regardless of which of the above statements really are true or false, let me now reveal to you which of the above statements Klein and Buturović think are true or false. My task for you is to take note (in writing) of which items, according to the study authors, you got wrong (ignoring the items you answered with "don't know").
The statements which the authors deem true are: 3, 4, 6, 8, 15, 16, 17. All the other statements are deemed wrong.
Now let's consider three sets of items you may have gotten wrong (according to K&B).
Maybe the items you got wrong happen to be 1, 4, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16
or maybe 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 17
or perhaps 2, 5, 9, 10, 17.
Does one of those three sets of items stand out as the most similar to the set of items you got wrong? Do let me know in the comments!
We could even make a magazine-style personality test out of this: Identify the one of the three above sets of items that is most similar to the set of items you got wrong (for example, taking each of the three sets in turn, you could count +1 for all items in the set that you also got wrong and -1 for all items in the set that you didn't get wrong, and then see for which set you obtain the highest count); then calculate your score based on the proportion of items in that set which you also got wrong. Well, before some magazine buys this epic idea, I will concede that it could use some tweaking :P
But anyway, as you may already have gathered, here is what I would surmise your answers predict about you:
- If your set of wrong answers is most similar to the first of the three sets above, chances are you are a liberal.
- If it's most similar to the second set, you are likely a conservative.
- If it's most similar to the third set, then I predict that you're a libertarian.