But if the point of an economic consultancy report is to excite the hooples and to give a sciency justification for whatever some bunch of rent-seekers is trying to push, then critiquing it loudly only serves to provide advertising: this firm will produce the big shonky but sciency-looking number that your industry needs to get public support for whatever you're trying to push.
"Noise made, overtures to outside interests and enlistment of the hooples’ participation is what this situation demands." Al Swearengen, Episode 20, "Childish Things", Deadwood.If that's what the reports provide, critiques might make things worse by letting the interests know who's best at exciting the hooples.
Want to show that your industry is the key linchpin for the regional economy? Want to show that your party's policy is the one for advancing economic prosperity? Yelling about how a particular consultancy produces numbers that are great for propaganda but bad for policy only serves to fuel demand where the ultimate audience are the hoopleheads.
What else can you say about a consultancy report that includes this in the concluding remarks?
The biggest cost will be loss of face for the “Mainstream Economists” especially the Bank economists, who have continually told us that this is the panacea: There Is No Alternative. Their experiment will be at an end.The audience isn't Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the boffins in the Ministry of Finance, academic economists, or anybody serious. It isn't you, Matt, as correct as your critique may be. Neither is it you, Paul: I watched you writing your critique as I went meta. It's the hooples. And it's the reason that the New Zealand Economic Association really really needs an annual awards ceremony for the worst piece of economic consultancy work produced in the country every year.
So that the hooples can better be advised of the reputation of certain outfits.