10 Economics Blogs Worth Watching


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A guide to some economics blogs that you may not have heard of covering economics teaching, audio, podcasts, blog aggregators, individual and group blogs.


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10 Economics Blogs Worth Watching

  1. 1. Ten Economics Blogs Worth Watching Paul Ayres, Economics Editor for Intute: Social Sciences and Bhagesh Sachania, Information Manager for the Economics Network January 2009
  2. 2. What we will cover <ul><li>Ten Economics blogs that you may not have heard of before </li></ul><ul><li>New revised Guide to Using Blogs in Economics http://www. economicsnetwork .ac. uk /showcase/ ayres _ blogs . htm </li></ul><ul><li>What’s changed in the Economics blogosphere and what will change </li></ul>
  3. 3. 10 blogs worth watching <ul><li>Two each of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economics blog aggregators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economics podcast blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual academic blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group blogs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Stephen Kinsella <ul><li>Great example of using a blog for teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Uses polls, lecture videos and short articles to support each lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Brings together content from a range of Web 2.0 sites – Twitter , Delicious , SlideShare etc. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.stephenkinsella.net/ </li></ul>
  5. 6. Pedablogy by Steve Greenlaw <ul><li>Excellent US blog on Economics teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on the use technology in teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Useful archive going back to 2005, as well as current commentary </li></ul><ul><li>http://jerryslezak.net/pedablogy/ </li></ul>
  6. 8. Economics Roundtable <ul><li>Aggregator site of over 120 Economics blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Can view latest posts, explore links to individual blogs and get a feel for what is happening in the Economics blogosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Good for identifying blogs in your specific subject area, but lots of posts to read </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rtable.net/index/rt/economics/recent / </li></ul>
  7. 10. Palgrave Econolog <ul><li>Aggregates content from Economics blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Filters posts into: reviews of papers, conference reports, original research and everything else </li></ul><ul><li>Zeitgeist and Hot Topics features pick out trends in the Economics blogosphere </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.econolog.net/ </li></ul>
  8. 12. EconTalk <ul><li>Part of the Library of Economics and Liberty website </li></ul><ul><li>Features extended audio interviews with Economists and others </li></ul><ul><li>New interviews added every week </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.econtalk.org/ </li></ul>
  9. 14. Economics in Action <ul><li>Part of the Why Study Economics initiative from the Economics Network </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at encouraging broader understanding of Economics, especially among prospective University students </li></ul><ul><li>Films, audio interview and articles aimed at a popular audience </li></ul><ul><li>http://whystudyeconomics.ac.uk/blog/ </li></ul>
  10. 16. Greg Mankiw’s Blog <ul><li>Supports his teaching at Harvard and his commonly used textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Uses the blog to keep in touch with current / former students and discuss current topics </li></ul><ul><li>http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/ </li></ul>
  11. 18. Robert Reich’s Blog <ul><li>Former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, now teaching at Berkeley </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive comments on current economic policy issues that are also accessible to the general reader </li></ul><ul><li>Supplements his many TV and radio appearances </li></ul><ul><li>http:// robertreich . blogspot .com/ </li></ul>
  12. 20. VOX <ul><li>Not a blog but a policy portal to analysis and commentary on economic issues </li></ul><ul><li>Good example of collaborative writing increasing impact </li></ul><ul><li>Articles aimed at a level between journalism and academic journals </li></ul><ul><li>Produced by the Centre for Economic Policy Research – also includes audio </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.voxeu.org/ </li></ul>
  13. 22. Crooked Timber <ul><li>Another example of a group blog </li></ul><ul><li>Covers a range of Social Sciences subjects, including Economics </li></ul><ul><li>One of the few sites where you can learn as much from the comments as from the original blog posts </li></ul><ul><li>http:// crookedtimber .org/ </li></ul>
  14. 24. How to start blogging <ul><li>Guide to Using Blogs in Economics http://www. economicsnetwork .ac. uk /showcase/ ayres _ blogs . htm </li></ul><ul><li>Revised and updated for 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Looks at software options, writing and managing content, risks, specific uses for Economics and the future for blogs </li></ul>
  15. 25. What’s changed <ul><li>Blogging now seen as a mainstream activity </li></ul><ul><li>Basic terms and how to do it still need to be explained </li></ul><ul><li>More portal sites, aggregators and group blogs for Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer teaching blogs as more material brought into VLEs </li></ul><ul><li>Rise of WordPress .com as a blogging platform </li></ul>
  16. 26. What’s changing <ul><li>Microblogging from sites like Twitter.com may have an effect on blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Assumed integration of other Web 2.0 content into blogs from YouTube videos, to Flickr photos and Delicious links </li></ul><ul><li>US stranglehold on the Economics blogosphere may slowly be broken </li></ul>
  17. 27. Thanks for listening <ul><li>Paul Ayres, Economics Editor for Intute: Social Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.intute.ac.uk/socialsciences/economics/ </li></ul><ul><li>Bhagesh Sachania, Information Manager for the Economics Network </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] uk </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.economicsnetwork.ac.uk/ </li></ul>
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