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Prof Rodrik response

Thank you for sending us your critique. We appreciate your candid views. But I must say that I disagree with your premise. The approach we take is indeed fully consistent with the diagnostic method proposed in HRV (2005), since it is based on a comprehensive statistical picture of the French economy and detailed attitudinal surveys of the French public. We identified perceptions of high unfairness, low social mobility, and lack of access to good jobs as critical “binding constraints” on the French economy and our proposals on taxation, good jobs, and trade address specifically these constraints. In a short piece, we could not do justice to the entire report. I would encourage you to read the full report, which is here:

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Aug 01, 2021

The authors (D. Rodrik & S. Stantcheva) don't discuss my paper (they are so superior) and use a simplistic "methodology" a "detailed attitudinal surveys of the French public" sic. They think that using pompous vocabulary is a methodology. "Perception" is not a scientific concept, the role of a professional economist does not consist in analyzing "perception" (with obscure mathematical tools to give the impression of scientificité) but to make a diagnostic of a country with economic concepts, what the authors do not make because of a socialist ideological bias.

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