This is something imbedded in our genetics and bound tightly to our emotions. Occasionally, when presented with an emotional or physical outside stimulus, we feel the need to respond quickly, and our reaction comes across as improper, overly abrupt, and not well thought out. In turn, this can create an onslaught of other unpleasant stimuli, which defeats our instinctive attempts at protecting ourselves.
Too often, at least in my personal experience, economics is studied in a vacuum too far removed from the real world of applying it — particularly when it comes to public policy.
A classic example of this is the lack of attention paid to the field of Choice theory paper choice in the economics faculty. Public choice provides a vital insight into why politicians and bureaucrats behave the way they do, why governments look like they do, and why we are governed in the way that we are.
This is a really great introduction to the school. A decent grasp of public choice would remedy this confusion. We should never expect perfect, ideal or even just generally good policy to be implemented by any government of any political stripe — the odds stacked against that are too large.
For example, politicians and bureaucrats are just as self-interested as any other person. Politicians want to be re-elected. Members of parliament are sensitive to loud pressure groups. And voters are behaving completely rationally when they are ignorant about politics! As Bryan explains, the marginal difference of one vote in an election almost never makes a difference.
So for the individual voter, going to the time and effort to be educated about politics and policy in order to make a wiser choice at an election is completely irrational.
This has profound implications for democracy, and helps explain why bad policies like generous middle class welfare for families exists — because they only way to earn the support of ignorant voters is through their self-interest.
Of course, I like public choice because it appeals to my philosophy. If we expect government to be generally incompetent, as most public choice theorists would argue, then we should probably trust it with less power, expect it to do fewer things for us and make it smaller than it is today in Australia.
But even if you want to see a strong role for government in society and the economy, you would be well advised to recognise and understand its limits. Sadly, the University of Melbourne never taught public choice as a standalone subject whilst I was a student despite teaching other schools of economics like Behavioural Economics, which I would argue is a smaller, newer and less relevant field.
But perhaps that is the point of ESSA. My most practical career advice is do not rely on your lecturers, textbooks and required reading alone for your economics or wider education.
You will leave university with a far narrower and less useful understanding of the world if you do. Instead, read much more widely, debate ideas and attend events like the ones organised by ESSA. The views expressed within this article are those of the author and do not represent the views of the ESSA Committee or the Society's sponsors.
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