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“A public economist is an advocate of the public’s interest in the performance of the economy. His (or her) role can be described to include the following tasks:

-to watch past and current developments with a view to discovering where economic performance falls short of generally accepted goals (i.e. to discover market failures, government failures, avoidable inefficiencies and waste);

-to dare to make forecasts of future developments, and to warn against possible market or government failures;

-to stimulate the public policy debate by stating the case for and against proposals under discussion or by suggesting superior solutions;

-to criticize the narrow view of special interest groups;

-to assess the costs and benefits of questionable government interventions with a view to their discontinuation or improvement; and

-to contribute to economic policy research by drawing lessons from current and past experience all over the world”.

Herbert Giersch,On being a public economist, lecture delivered at the prize-giving ceremony of the Paolo Baffi International Prize for Economics, 1989.