Hindsight-Biased Evaluation of Political Decision Makers


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SCHUETT, Florian, Alexander K. WAGNER, 2009. Hindsight-Biased Evaluation of Political Decision Makers

@techreport{Schuett2009Hinds-1793, title={Hindsight-Biased Evaluation of Political Decision Makers}, year={2009}, author={Schuett, Florian and Wagner, Alexander K.} }

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