Is Bernie Sanders inevitable, and is Michael Bloomberg doomed? Which candidate would be best suited to avoid a recession in the US? A ProMarket panel comprised of economists, writers, and editors met to watch the tenth Democratic debate. Find out what they thought.



ProMarket panel of economists, journalists, and experts watched yesterday night’s Democratic presidential debate. They were asked to answer a two-part survey, the first one before the debate and the second during and after the event, to assess the effect of what happened onstage. You can find the full results below. 


The ProMarket panel includes:


Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Simone Cavallaro, Stigler Center director; Steven J. Davis, William H. Abbott Distinguished Service Professor of International Business and Economics; Stefano Feltri, ProMarket managing director; Steven Neil Kaplan, Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Guy Rolnik, Clinical Associate Professor for Strategic Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Asher Schechter, ProMarket writer and editor; Richard H. Thaler, Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Silvia Vannutelli, PhD candidate, Boston University; Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Not all panelists responded to all questions. Results are aggregated. 



Before the Debate:










During the Debate 






After the Debate






Please, name at least one policy proposal you agree with and which candidate is proposing it.


  • “Legalize marijuana – multiple supporters”


  • “The wealth tax – Warren”


  • “Universal healthcare”


  • “Universal health care”


  • “Medicare for all, Bernie Sanders”


  • “Steyer – 12 years term limit for congressmen and senators”



Imagine you were a Trump voter, did you hear anything that could convince you to vote for a Democratic candidate in November? If yes, which one? Please, briefly describe what was the argument that convinced you.


  • “No one said anything about Trump—except maybe for CDC funding cuts. What are they waiting for?”


  • “No”


  • “Nothing”


  • “Yes. Medicare for all.”


  • “No”









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