Liberal at Heart?

My latest Studied column for The New York Times Sunday Styles section is available online now, looking at whether self-professed liberals are actually as liberal as they think. The column looks at a new study out of England, which analyzes data from the World Values Survey. According to the study’s author, James Rockey, an economist at the University of Leicester, people who self-identify as left-wing are actually more likely to believe in efficiency of the market than in equalizing the distribution of wealth. Sounds like good fodder for conservatives, who generally see liberals as misguided, confused, or yet-to-be-mugged. But a professor from Stanford, Jonathan Rodden, made some interesting points about the study’s limitations. Do you think Rockey or Rodden is right? Or neither?

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