Top 50 Economics Blogs

by Linda G on April 7, 2009

The theories and principles behind economics are difficult for many to understand. However, many of the following blogs take this difficulty into consideration as they try to reach out to a broad audience in many cases. The list contains some of the most popular international perspectives, academic blogs and a list of “come-hither, I know you want to hear me out” blogs written by economists or by those who are mired in this field.

Diminishing marginal utility, given quantification.You may learn that many economics blogs also are politically aligned if they are not dedicated to unbiased teaching. The political leanings, in most cases, were not noted unless that perspective was included in a tagline, byline or overview on a site’s content. All the blogs listed below were listed in alphabetical order, a method that assures our readers that we do not favor one blog over another.

International Perspectives

Some of the economics blogs listed below are humorous and some are dead serious. Some are both. Very little middle ground.

  1. Atlantic Blog: Thoughts on politics, economics and culture by William Sjostrom, an American economist in Ireland.
  2. China Economics Blog: A place to find news about important issues for China’s economy including economic growth.
  3. David Smith: This economics editor for the Sunday Times, London, hashes out his view on this blog.
  4. EconLog: An independent division of the Library of Economics and Liberty (Econlib), EconLog focuses on using topical books and the news to illustrate economic principles.
  5. Economic Dreams – Economic Nightmares: Dave Iverson is an economist who loves nature. On this blog he tracks geopolitics and international finance.
  6. Economics Roundtable: A compilation of opinions drawn from a wider variety of economics blogs than you may have thought possible. Your host is Professor William R. Parke of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  7. Heavy Lifting: One economist’s astute perspective on global economic issues.
  8. Mises Economics Blog: Founded in 1982, the Mises Institute serves as the world’s leader provider of educational materials about the Austrian School of economics and libertarian political and social theory.
  9. Organizations and Markets: Professors Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein created this blog in 2006 with a focus on organizational economics, strategic management, entrepreneurship, innovation, the economics of institutions, and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. While academic, it also is global.
  10. Stumbling and Mumbling: By all accounts an “extremist, not a fanatic,” this anonymous British blogger shines a different light upon economic topics.
  11. The Adam Smith Institute Blog: The Adam Smith Institute is the UK’s leading politically independent and non-profit innovator of free-market economic and social policies.
  12. The Austrian Economists: Discussion and expansion on public policy and ideological importance of the Austrian School of Economics.
  13. Truck and Barter: Commentary on international economic issues, with a take where “sympathy and hedonism collide.”
  14. VOXEU: Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists. They are partnering with the UK government to collect global perspectives on the G20.

Economics and Professors

Don’t let your fear of academics overwhelm you. These blogs are very user-friendly. In fact, some — such as “ABBA to Zeppelin, Led” — may interest and teach anyone about economic principles.

  1. Cafe Hayek: Two George Mason economics professors talk about how economics affect everything from agriculture to work.
  2. Carpe Diem: Professor Mark J. Perry, Flint campus of the University of Michigan, shares his thoughts on economics and finance.
  3. Chicago Boyz: Some ‘Chicago Boyz’ know each other from student days at the University of Chicago. Others are Chicago boys in spirit. The blog name also is intended as a tribute to those who helped to liberalize Latin American economies.
  4. Dani Rodrik’s weblog: Dan Rodrick, the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, offers “unconventional thoughts on economic development and globalization.”
  5. Division of Labour: The blogging is dividing up among several different writers from just as many different colleges and universities. Lean toward Adam Smith.
  6. EclectEcon: Professor Palmer presents real-life examples to economic theory questions. Palmer teaches t the University of Western Ontario.
  7. Econbrowser: Professor Hamilton, University of California, San Diego and Professor Chinn from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, offer their perspectives on current economic conditions and policy.
  8. Economist’s View: Mark Thoma, from the Department of Economics at the University of Oregon, offers his perspectives on current economics.
  9. Environmental Economics: Professor Haab, The Ohio State University, and Professor Whitehead from Appalachian State University, provide their perspectives, news and analysis on this topic.
  10. FinanceProfessor.com: A light-hearted perspective on economics from an assistant professor at the St. Bonaventure University School of Business.
  11. From ABBA to Zeppelin, Led: This site provides song lyrics as a means to teach economics. While seemingly whimsical, this site has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Education.
  12. Greg Mankiw’s Blog: Professor Mankiw from Harvard University uses this blog to stay in touch with current and former students.
  13. Kids Prefer Cheese: A wildly popular tongue-in-cheek yet deadly serious look at economics, politics and the underbelly of life in general. Brought to you by Professors Munger (Duke University) and Grier (University of Oklahoma).
  14. Law & Econ Prof Blog: Professor Bhandari from Florida Coastal School of Law talks about law and the economy.
  15. Sabernomics: J.C. Bradbury is an economist and associate professor at Kennesaw State University in metropolitan Atlanta. He is the author of The Baseball Economist and has operated Sabernomics.com since March 2004. (Go Cubs Go!)
  16. Supply and Demand (in that order): Professor Mulligan (Chicago) uses a basic tool — the law of supply and demand — to frame economic issues. Also tackles fiscal policy, labor economics and industrial organization.
  17. The Becker-Posner Blog: Professor Becker (University of Chicago) and Judge Posner (lecturer, University of Chicago Law School), provide their insights into law, politics and the economy.
  18. Vox Baby: Professor Samwick from Dartmouth College presents his personal opinions about topics in economics, politics, and current events.
  19. William J. Polley: This Assistant Professor of Economics at Western Illinois University offers commentary about economics and “whatever else catches my eye.”

General and/or Miscellaneous

The following blogs are “general and/or miscellaneous” only because they do not fit into the two categories above. Then again, some may fit into both categories…

  1. Bleakonomy: News, musings, humor and spirituality about the world economy and its travails and exploitations brought to the Web by “professors, priests, poets, scientists, doctors, economists, students and unemployed artists.”
  2. Capital Freedom: An anonymous blogger writes “a tribute to economic freedom and a commentary on the destruction thereof.”
  3. Freakonomics: Based upon the book, Freakonomics, this blog is engineered to “keep the conversation going.”
  4. Locker Room: The John Locke Foundation’s statewide (as in North Carolina) issues blog.
  5. Knowledge Problem: Lynne Kiesling and Michael Giberson talk about economics and alternative and traditional energy policies.
  6. Marginal Revolution: This is a popular site (linked from many other economics sites), and it could be the theoretical questions (Would Idaho have more people if it were a separate country?) as well as other assorted entries that makes this economics blog entertaining.
  7. Market Power: A former Missouri grad and instructor, Phil Miller brings his take on economics and the power of markets to this blog.
  8. Newmark’s Door: One economist’s take on life.
  9. One-Handed Economist: Timothy currently is a Business Analyst for an independent Texas bank. The on-handed reference refers to a previous degree in economics and a current interest in science.
  10. Reason Foundation: “Reason Foundation advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law.”
  11. RGE Monitor: RGE Monitor delivers ahead-of-the-curve global economic insights that financial professionals need to know. Their analysts define the key economic and geostrategic debates and continuously distill the best thinking on all sides.
  12. Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science: If you want to stumble across a blog that sticks to topics within its title, then you’ve discovered it.
  13. Taking Hayek Seriously: This is the home of the Friedrich Hayek Scholars.
  14. The Angry Economist: Russ Nelson, economist, has been “pissed” since 2003. He likes Bobby Jindal and wants to can Bernanke.
  15. The Mess That Greenspan Made: Tim Iacono is a retired software engineer and, in addition to writing this blog, he also is the author of a weekly newsletter that focuses on investing in natural resources.
  16. The Sports Economist: Smart and witty economic commentary on sports and society.
  17. tutor2u: tutor2u is the “leading publisher of e-learning resources for economics” and for other topics as well.
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{ 3 comments }

1 shahroodi 04.13.09 at 2:14 AM

hi LINDA
i have a question???
on what criteria you ranked the economic sites and blogs?????
tks in advanced

2 angus 04.13.09 at 2:42 PM

It looks to me like like the criteria was *awesomeness*!!!!

3 Paul 04.13.09 at 7:39 PM

I would not include any blog where the author is partisan but hides behind anonymity.

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