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Measuring America
Aired 12/14/2000

This week, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg examines the rise of social science in the twentieth century and its impact on American life. It has been said the that the twentieth century was the "first measured century," a time when Americans applied the techniques of social science to every facet of human activity. Today, few arguments are advanced and few decisions made without a check of the data. We now have numbers to describe everything – our economic well-being, health, sexual behavior, attitudes and opinions. But is there a downside to this? Do statistics lead policymakers to intervene too quickly? Think Tank is joined by: Nicholas Eberstadt, the Henry Wendt chair in political economy at the American Enterprise Institute and author of The Tyranny of Numbers: Mismeasurement and Misrule. Seymour Martin Lipset, Hazel professor of public policy at George Mason University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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  Nicholas Eberstadt
    American Enterprise Institute and Harvard University
  Seymour Martin Lipset
    president of the American Political Science Association and the American Sociological Association

Originally Aired: 12/14/2000

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