Unclear Economic Thinking

By Waqas Younas


Pakistan’s economy experiences turbulence often. Are our economic policymakers thinking clearly? Since clarity of thought is reflected in writing, this study analyzes for its clarity the policy literature that economic planners at the Ministry of Finance publish for the general public. The analysis was done in two parts. First, the suitability of the texts for the general public was analyzed. Second, the structure and style of the texts were examined, both manually and with algorithms. The results suggest Pakistan’s economic writing is neither inclusive nor clear and easy to understand, suggesting that unclear thinking precedes our economic policy.

Key words: Economic writing, Economic policy analysis, Economic writing analysis, Economic thinking

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