Welcome to the homepage of
Survey Project: Policy Views of Academics
The survey contains 57 questions about 18 policy issues, voting behavior, and background variables.
During Spring 2003, 5486 surveys were sent out to members of academic associations. Here are the response
numbers (excluding blanks and adjusting for PO Returns, etc.):
This website provides the survey documents and the survey control documents (below). Daniel Klein and Charlotta Stern are working on a series of papers based on the data. The papers will be posted here as they become available. Eventually we will post here the complete dataset in an Excel file.
Long reply to Zipp and Fenwick's POQ article, Society 2008.
Groupthink in Academia: Majoritarian Departmental Politics and the Professional Pyramid -- This piece adapts groupthink theory to the setting of academia. Focusing especially on the micro mechanism of majoritarian departmental politics and the more macro cultural mechanism of the disciplinary pyramid, it offers a theory of how a bad worldview, once it reached a tipping point, could tend toward domination of the academic discipline and get locked-in. It was written for the 2009 AEI volume The Politically Correct University and reprinted in The Independent Review.
By the Numbers: The Ideological Profile of Professors, in the 2009 AEI volume The Politically Correct University. The paper reviews all the data up to 2008 about professoriate ideology.
How Politically Diverse Are the Social Sciences and Humanities? Survey Evidence from Six Fields, working-paper pdf of the paper, which appeared in Academic Questions Winter 2004-05, Vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 40-52.
Embarrassed as a Non-Left Professor? Society, 2010.
The Social Science Citation Index: A Black Box—with an Ideological Bias?
Institutional Ties of Journal of Development Economics Authors and Editors
The PhD Circle in Academic Economics
Sense and Sensibilities: Myrdal's Plea for Self-Disclosure and Some Disclosures about AEA Members by Daniel B. Klein, Econ Journal Watch, 2006.