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Economists On Candidates' Proposals: Mostly Bad

Presidential candidates are making a slew of promises on the campaign trail.

We took a sample of the most economically novel proposals and asked a panel of economists: Are they good or bad?

Our panel includes 22 economists from across the political spectrum. They identified themselves as left, right and center. And some couldn't categorize themselves.

For more: Also listen to the economists explain their comments.

We based our list of economists on the University of Chicago Booth School of Business's IGM Economic Experts Panel, which does regular surveys like this.

Thanks to all the economists who responded: Daron Acemoğlu, Alan Auerbach, Katherine Baicker, Abhijit Banerjee, David Cutler, Darrell Duffie, Aaron Edlin, Oliver Hart, Hilary Hoynes, Kenneth Judd, Steve Kaplan, Pete Klenow, Eric Maskin, Bill Nordhaus, Larry Samuelson, José Scheinkman, Richard Schmalensee, Carl Shapiro, James Stock, Nancy L. Stokey, Richard Thaler and Christopher Udry.

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Jess Jiang is the producer for NPR's international podcast, Rough Translation. Previously, Jess was a producer for Planet Money. In 2014, she won an Emmy for the team's T-shirt project. She followed the start of the t-shirt's journey, from cotton farms in Mississippi to factories in Indonesia. But her biggest prize has been getting to drive a forklift, back hoe, and a 35-ton digger for a story. Jess got her start in public radio at Studio 360—though, if you search hard enough, you can uncover a podcast she made back in college.

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