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Exposing Your Inner Socialist

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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3 Responses

  1. anon says:

    I also had to focus pretty hard.

  2. Colin C says:

    Interesting. Scored a 0.51, moderate auto pref for regs over mkts. I think this thing’s broken, or three classes with you has begun to swing me toward markets. ;-)

    I made less errors, I’d guess, but would agree that the terms chosen could have been better, especially given the phrasing of the self-report ??s, which seemed to use more appropriate language.

  3. A.J. Sutter says:

    I had a .22, which puts me to the right of Dave. Right.

    I wonder how many of us have a slight or moderate automatic preference to think of the test results as normative, and reflecting deeper knowledge of us than we have of ourselves (even a teeny, weeny doubt?), rather than a tendency to think the test’s screwed up.

    Obviously the questions the test is asking are too unnuanced. E.g., why should “failure” always be “bad”? (Maybe I’m showing my inner entrepreneur, after all.) Anyway, the “E key/I key” questions are most likely just a disposable palate cleanser or brain tenderizer to warm you up for the survey, which may be the guts of the test. A problem with the survey, aside from the small number of strongly-phrased questions, is that one has to be either pro or con on every proposition; there isn’t any “it depends” option.

    But even were the IAT able to penetrate to our deepest innermost feelings, it’s comforting to know that these are paradoxical times for those with an allergy to regulation, too: the AP reports today that automakers, insurers, and subsidiaries of foreign banks, among others, are lobbying in droves to be partially nationalized. (I think we will yet come to rue the Feds’ decision not to exercise voting rights…)

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