WSJ Profiles The Increasingly Popular Economics Blogs



I never thought I’d be sitting up late at night reading what Ben Bernanke thinks, but now I do.

– Zina Poletz, a Minneapolis public relations executive who says she had little interest in economics prior to last fall’s financial crisis

My [economics] professors were always saying ‘This is the most relevant class you could ever be in’.  But I think until the last 18 months I never really believed them.

– Christa Avampato, a New York City product developer with an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

I think there’s a big market for explaining to people what the heck is going on in a global context.  Blogging can now be part of this portfolio you can do as an academic.

– Simon Johnson, Professor at MIT, author of Baseline Scenario

Yesterday The Wall Street Journal wrote a lifestyle piece on the increasing popularity of economics blogs, many of them written by academics, including a list of the 25 best: “The New Stars Of the Blogosphere” (subscription required), Kelly Evans, The Wall Street Journal, July 16, D1.

Some of the blogs featured in the piece were:

Baseline Scenario by Simon Johnson, Professor, MIT

Greg Mankiw’s Blog by Greg Mankiw, Professor of Economics, Harvard

The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman, Professor of Economics, Princeton

Grasping Reality With Both Hands by Brad DeLong, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

Marginal Revolution by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, Professors of Economics, George Mason

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