Top Economics & Finance Blogs of 2017
As 2017 kicks off, we've put together a list of 111 economics and finance blogs that you might want to add to your RSS feeds and browser's bookmarks this year, if you haven't already. The list was compiled by the Met the why particular Insights Blog with the help of the Met the why particular team of economists. The criteria for inclusion in the list was simply that they had to have regularly blogged in 2016 and that they needed to be English-language blogs. In the future we hope to be able to compile a list of foreign-language blogs.
In this list, there are economics blogs from the Keynsian school to the Chicago school to the Austrian school and everything in between. We've included blogs on microeconomics, macroeconomics, health economics, sports economics and even water economics. Politics and public policy are common themes in many of these blogs as the impact of politics and policy plays an important role in economics of all kinds. Let's also not forget the intersection between economics and finance. There are some purely finance and investment related blogs in this list as well as blogs that do a bit of it all.
As you read through this list, you may be asking where all of the big established media blogs are. Where are , the and the WSJ's ? Although, we do recommend you read some of those blogs, with this list we tried to put together an eclectic mix of blogs from individuals and institutions that you may not have heard of. We believe this list should provide a wealth of choices, presenting perspectives from different ends of the economics and finance blogosphere. It is important not to get stuck in an echo chamber, listening and reading the same things over and over again without understanding other perspectives. Therefore, some of the blogs on this list are contrarian in nature and even in some cases highly controversial. We don't necessarily endorse all of the bloggers's viewpoints, however we do acknowledge that there are two sides (or more) to every coin.
With that said, we can dive into Met the why particular' Top Economics and Finance Blogs of 2017 listed in no particular order (actually they are listed in alphabetical order, but just because it seemed easier). Be sure to scroll down and have a look at all of the blogs. If you're short on time, each blog has a bolded section with the "Focus topics" listed underneath the write-up that should help to identify what each blog is generally about quickly and easily.
If it's investment and finance articles you're looking for, but don't want to have to scour the internet, Abnormal Returns is the place for you. Tadas Viskanta's Abnormal Returns is essentially a round up of the best daily reads from the finance and investment blogosphere. Viskanta also occasionally weighs in with his own thoughts as well. This blog is a great daily source for investment and finance pieces from around the web.
Focus topics: Finance, investment
Above the Market
Above the market is a finance and investment blog run by Bob Seawright, the Chief Investment & Information Officer for Madison Avenue Securities, LLC. Seawright was recently named in the Wall Street Journal as one of fifteen "smart people investors should follow." Naturally, he is also on our list of Top Economics and Finance blogs of 2017. According to the WSJ, Seawrite "specializes in exposing the foibles of the investing mind and the pitfalls of market analysis." If you are interested in finance and investment, have a look at this blog.
Focus topics: Finance, investment
Pater Terebrarum's Acting Man, a contrarian blog from the Austrian school, is a humerous, sometimes cynical, commentary on the economy and markets. Complete with data, charts and well-researched analysis, Acting Man is the place to read articles on the economy that will not only keep you informed, but also have you chuckling at the same time.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, financial markets
Adam Smith’s Lost Legacy
Everything you could possibly want to know about Adam Smith and more is present in this blog by Gavin Kennedy. An Emeritus Professor, Kennedy, covers with his blog, among other topics, "the myth of the invisible hand" with "not a little gusto!" Kennedy has written two books on Adam Smith, with the third set to come out in June of this year. When I emailed Kennedy recently, he had this to say:
"There are many Adam Smith’s walking the Academy, almost all of them invented when, in fact, the only Adam Smith that matters, the one born in 1723 and who died in 1790, is hardly known, yet he was in fact far more interesting and noteworthy than those invented since the mid-20th century cardboard cut-out spawned from Paul Samuelson and various other Nobel Prize winners."
If you are interested in Adam Smith, economic ideas and history, Adam Smith's Lost Legacy is a blog right for you.
Focus topics: Economic history, economic ideas, Adam Smith
This one is a bit different from the rest, but if you are interested in water policy, David Zetland, an assistant professor of economics at Leiden University College, has what you need. With , sourcing clean water has not only become more difficult, but also more expensive. This has led many to believe that water is or will become the new oil. The importance of water policy therefore could be considered paramount if this trend continues. Zetland's blog will teach you about the political economy of water policy as well as a lot of other cool stuff related to water, like .
Focus topics: Water economics and policy
The Almanac Trader is the blog maintained by Jeff Hirsch, editor-in-chief of the Stock Trader's Almanac, an annual finance and investment strategy book that has been published continuously since 1967. In fact, the 2017 edition will be the Stock Trader’s Almanac's 50th Anniversary Edition. Hirsch is a 25-year vet of Wall Street and a regular contributor to CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg Business. "A devout market historian, old school market technician and fundamental analyst, Jeff uncovers ripe trading and investment opportunities by zeroing in on securities where all three disciplines line up. He shares these ideas on individual stocks, ETFs, commodities and currencies." Visit his website if that sounds like something that tickles your fancy.
Focus topics: Finance, investment
Alpha Sources Blog
Claus Vistesen is a Danish economist and currently the Chief Eurozone Economist for Pantheon Macroeconomics. He also runs the Alpha Sources Blog. Economics and financial markets are Claus' passion and you'll likely find his ideas presented through his content on Alpha Sources interesting and insightful. He also happens to write fiction as well, which you can also find on his blog.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, finance and investment
The Alt-M blog is a joint effort by the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives and the Liberty and Privacy Network’s Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights. There are various contributors to the blog, however, the collective aim of the blog is to explore and promote ideas for an alternative monetary future. The blog is heavily focused on monetary policy, alternative and commodity curriencies, inflation and deflation, and the like. According to Alt-M's website:
Focus topics: Monetary policy, monetary economics
Andrew Gelman is a professor of statistics and political science and the director of the Applied Statistics Center at Columbia University. His blog, as you might imagine is heavily focused on statistics in one form or another. If you are interested in statistics as well as economics with a little politics sprinkled on top, this blog is something you might find interesting.
Focus topics: Statistics, economics, econometrics
The Angry Bear blog is a multi-author blog that covers news, politics and economics. The contributors to the blog are some of the best in the business such as emeritus professors, tax law experts, historians, business consultants, economics PhDs, finance professionals and many more. The articles on Angry Bear cover just about everything under the sun related to economic and political issues, yet the coverage of each issue does not suffer in quality. Each article is deep, well-researched, well-written, and also interesting. Topics covered on Angry Bear include global and U.S. economics, public policy, healthcare, law and politics.
Focus topics: International and U.S. economics, public policy, politics
Antonio Fatas on the Global Economy
Antonio Fatas is a professor at INSEAD Business School, a Senior Policy Scholar at the Center for Business and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business (Georgetown University, USA) and a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London, UK). So, it's safe to say, he's qualified.The title of Antonio Fata's blog pretty much says it all. If you are interested in the global economy, Fatas shares his views on economic and financial market trends in easy to read articles in this blog.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, international economics
An Adjunct Scholar for the Cato Institute and a former Fed economist, Arnold Kling is the man behind the askblog. Kling gained notoriety as a blogger when he blogged for EconLog (covered later in this post). Kling covers just about everything there is in terms of economics in his blog. If it has to do with economics, you can probably find it there.
Focus topics: Economics, finance, politics
Barter is Evil
Barter is Evil is a blog run by David T. Flynn, a professor of economics at the University of North Dakota. His blog covers economics, economic history and statistics. It also puts a particular emphasis on North Dakota. Although one might think of North Dakota as a small and insignificant place in relation to the rest of the world, Flynn's blog gives a unique up close perspective on North Dakota as the oil boom and the pipeline fiasco continues, and global oil prices continue on their roller coaster ride.
Focus topics: Economics, economic history, statistics, North Dakota
Ben Bernanke’s Blog
If you have ever wanted to get inside the head of a central banker, Ben Bernanke's Blog may just be the best place to do that. He is currently a Distingushed Fellow in Residence with the Economics Studies Program of the Brookings Institution, however, between 2006 and 2014 Bernanke was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and also served as the Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Follow this blog if you are interested in reading the reflections of a former head of the Fed on economics, finance and monetary policy.
Focus topics: Economics, finance, monetary policy
Bill Mitchell – billy blog
Macroeconomics and especially Modern Monetary Theory is what you'll get at the billy blog. Professor of Economics at University of Newcastle in Australia, Bill Mitchell is one of the founders of MMT and a regular commentator on economic matters across the globe. Be sure to check this one out.
Bruegel is a European think tank that specializes in Economics. Its mission is, "to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate." Their research topics, which are reflected through posts on their blog, are European macroeconomics & governance, global economics & governance, finance & financial Regulation, and innovation & competition policy.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, finance, business, public policy
Cafe Hayek is the economics blog run by Russ Roberts, a research fellow at Stanford University, and Don Boudreaux, a professor at George Mason University. As the title of the blog suggests, both economists are proponents of Friedrich Hayek and the Austrian school of economics. If you are interested in arguments against the more mainstream Keynsian school of thought, Roberts and Boudreax often make a convincing case in this blog.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, public policy
Bill McBride is behind Calculated Risk, a blog that was originally started back in 2005 when McBride noticed a housing bubble getting ready to burst and sought to warn others about it. Turns out, he was right and he continues to blog on Calculated Risk about economics and finance with a particular focus on the U.S. economy and especially the housing market. As Professor James Hamilton of UCSD said, "if you've come up with a different conclusion from McBride on how economics developments are going to unfold, you'd be wise to think it over again!"
Focus topics: U.S. economy, housing market
CEPR Blog & Beat the Press
The Center for Economic Policy and Research was established in 1999 "to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives." To that end, the organization seeks to inform the public of the problems and choices they face and, "is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options."
Focus topics: Public Policy, Socioeconomics, U.S. economy, Latin American economy
A blog maintained by two professors of economics at Northwestern University, Jeff Ely and Sandeep Baliga, muse on economics, politics and other current events. For anyone interested in Behavioral Economics, the writers often write related posts and there is also an excellent reading list chalked full of articles and publications on that particular branch of economics.
Focus topics: General economics, behavioral economics, politics
Chris Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago. In his blog, he writes about international development, economics, politics and policy. More specifically, he tends to utilize statistical and cultural trends to touch on issues of inequality, poverty, and political participation.
Focus topics: Global develoment, statistics, economics, politics, public policy
Club for growth
The Club for Growth blog delivers up-to-the-minute news on pro-growth, free-market policies in Washington, DC. The Club fights for cuts in taxes, government spending, and regulations and reports on how those battles are unfolding on Capitol Hill. The Club’s PACs also announce endorsements of pro-growth candidates, and the blog describes opportunities for Club members to support efforts to advance economic liberty.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, U.S. economy, public policy
Confessions of a Supply-Side Liberal
Miles Kimball, Eugene D. Eaton Jr. Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado and a columnist for Quartz, is the supply-side liberal. Within his confessions he "holds many strong opinions—open to revision in response to cogent arguments—that do not line up neatly with either the Republican or Democratic Party." His core topics apply supply-side solutions to macroeconomic issues and novel approaches to monetary policy.
Focus topics: Supply-side economics, monetary policy
Timothy Taylor is the author of several economic books and currently the managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is also the Conversable Economist. What makes him conversable? Well, borrowing the term from David Hume, Taylor likens himself to an ambassador from the world of economics that uses his blog to impart his knowledge onto his readers to provide them with topics of conversation beyond the typical, "series of gossiping stories and idle remarks," as Hume put it. Taylor typically writes on macroeconomic topics with long, well-written, well-researched posts, backed up with statistics and charts.
Focus topics: Economic theory, general economics
Frances Coppola spent 17 years working in the banking sector, but now she no longer does so and instead she comments on it through here finance and economics blog, the Coppola Comment. A regular feature on the FT Alphaville blog, Coppola writes long, well-researched and well-written, pieces on everything from finance, economics and even music.
Focus topics: General economics, finance
Crossing Wall Street
Eddy Elfenbein is the portfolio manager of the AdvisorShares Focused Equity ETF (CWS) and is also a stock market guru. Eddy loves the stock market and "pretty much thinks its the best invention in history." Eddy's blog is geared toward finance and investment, but covers the occasional economic topic as well. The blog is as entertaining as it is informative. Reading the blog feels almost as if he's taking you're hand, helping you across Wall Street to guide you toward financial success. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you understand the sentiment: The blog is certainly worth a read if you are interested in investment in financial markets.
Focus topics: Finance, investment
A multi-authored blog, Curious Cat has been around for ages with its archived articles going all the way back to 2004. If you are interested in learning more about economics and finance, this blog is one to visit. The stated goal by Curious Cat is to teach their readers more about economics and investment so as to better their financial literacy in order for them to better manage their own portfolios and personal finances. And it's free, so what more could you ask for?
Focus topics: Economics, investment, financial literacy
Dani Rodrik’s weblog
Rodrik is an economist and professor at Harvard University. His blog features his "unconvential thoughts on economic development in globalization" in which he seeks to uncover the underlying issues of global development. Turkey is also a country of focus in his blog, as he is originally from the Eastern European country. We hope to see more commentary from Rodrik on Turkey in the near future as the country wades through a sea of security threats and a complicated political situation.
Focus topics: International economics, global development, political economy
Danny Quah is Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. As the global economy continues a shift from the west toward the far east, Quah's blog carries a focus on the economics of the world order and Asia, and on how the Pacific Century advances.
Focus topics: International economics, economy of Asia, public policy, global development, golbalization, world order
Dash of Insight
Jeff is the President of New Arc Investments, Inc. and a former professor of advanced research methods at the University of Wisconsin. Dash of Insight, which Jeff started over 11 years ago, is an excellent source of finance, economics and political news designed to help the individual investor spot the best opportunities. Jeff's blog is not about advancing an opìnion instead he uses sound research methods to identify unsound conclusions helping people avoid the trap of blindly following "celebrities, pseudo-experts, or those who profit by selling fear." Jeff has a wealth of experience in trading and managing investments and draws on his past experiences as a college professor and consultant for U.S. government agencies to help him write Dash of Insight. He regularly recognizes the good work done by others in his blog, which is most often evident in his comprehensive weekly posts entitled "Weighing the Week Ahead" where he details news and pieces from other sites highlighting the themes of the upcoming week.
Don't worry, I'm an Economist!
Vuk Vukovic, as the title of his blog points out, is an economist. He is also currently a DPhil student at the University of Oxford and previously a lecturer at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management. Vukovic blogs about economics and politics in the U.S., UK and Europe, but more specifically, his blog posts are often focused on political economy, macroeconomics and occasionally some institutional economics. Vukovic often uses everyday examples to illustrate his ideas, which makes his posts more readable and relatable by just about everyone.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, institutional economics, political economy
EconLog, sponsored by Liberty Fund, carries regular posts by Bryan Caplan, David Henderson, and Scott Sumner. Caplan, an outspoken advocate of open immigration, often writes posts that challenge readers to put their money where their mouths are on various economic outcomes. Henderson, a former senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, posts often on policy issues that cover the waterfront. He also likes betting. Sumner, a monetary economist and one of the outspoken advocates of Nominal GDP targeting, posts mainly on monetary and macroeconomic issues. All share a belief in economic freedom but none of them believe that this view should affect their analysis.The blog also has occasional posts by Alberto Mingardi from Italy and Emily Skarbek from Britain.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, monetary policy, international economics
Looking for something a little more statistics and data driven? Look no further than Econometrics Beat, by Dave Giles. A professor of Economics at the University of Victoria, Canada, Giles's blog, as the name suggests, has a strong focus on econometrics. So if you like stats, data, math, and economics, this is the blog for you.
Focus topics: Econometrics
David Smith is the Economics Editor of The Sunday Times and EconomicsUK is his personal blog. Smith's blog is geared toward general economics and is often focused on the UK. Through posts written by himself and occasionally by guest contributors, his blog aims to provide anyone interested in economics with the knowledge necessary to stimulate economic discussion and debate.
Focus topics: Europe economy, public policy
Do you want to get an economist's view of the world? Read Mark Thoma's blog Economist's View. Thoma is a professor of economics at the University of Oregon specializing in macroeconomics and econometrics. He often posts a daily round up of economic and finance related links of interest as well as his own commentary on the economic happenings particularly concering the U.S. economy.
Economists Do It With Models
We had to include this blog on the list for many reasons, first and foremost because the name is certainly unique. The blog is written by Jodi Beggs, currently a lecturer at Northeastern University, and apart from the amusing title, the blog distinguishes itself by answering questions about economics that perhaps aren't typical economic questions, which makes the blog appealing to a wider audience. She has a way of writing about economics that is witty, humorous and educational at the same time. Essentially the blog is written with in a way that any non-economist can understand and enjoy. If you are just a casual economics fan or want something different from your garden variety economics blog, we recommend this one.
The Economonitor Blog was relaunched in August of 2015 in partnership with Roubini Global Economics (you may have heard of him). The Economonitor blog is "a community for informed commentary on economic, financial, and geopolitical developments around the world." It is run by CEO Norman Wetmore. This is a good one if you want to read the commentary from some of the most prominent economists and financial experts the world has to offer.
Econospeak is a left leaning economics blog written by various authors. Authors of the blog tend to take pieces and quotes from the media or blogosphere ("annals of the economically incorrect") and comment where their view points differ. Whether you agree with them or not, the style of writing on Econospeak is often times funny and entertaining and never dull.
Focus topics: U.S. economics, politics, public policy
Ed Dolan’s Econ Blog
You may have heard of Ed Dolan from Economonitor, however, his original blog is Ed Dolan's Econ Blog. Both blogs continue to exist independentally of each other, however the content on both is essentially mirrored. There is a third variant that has actually caught on like wild fire to the surprise of Dolan himself. is filled with slideshows some of which are derived from the original blog posts. Where his blog and the SlideShare differ is that many of the slideshows are on subjects of a more "evergreen" nature. They have a much longer shelf life than the text blogs, especially those that are intended to be "tutorials" or "explainers" on topics such as quantitative easing or exchange rates. Whether it's Dolan's text blogs or his SlideShare site, you can certainly expect to learn something from Ed Dolan.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics
Enlightment Econmmics takes a bit of a different approach to blogging than do some of the other blogs on this list. Diane Coyle, a professor of economics at the University of Manchester, uses her blog to essentially review books on economics and comment on the arguments made by the authors with her own views. If you are someone that enjoys a good book and you are interested in economics, this blog might be one for you.
Focus topics: Economic theory
Everyday Economics Explained
Dr. Constantinos Charalambous is the Everyday Economist. He is an assistant professor of Economics and the Head of the Department of Research and Development at PA College in Larnaca, the only specialized business school in Cyprus. This is a great blog for the type of person that is not a super saavy economist. The blog examines everyday events and puts an economic twist on it. He provides personal opinions and attempts to explain human behavior from an economic perspective.
Focus topics: Economic theory, general economics
Falkenblog is written and maintained by Eric Falkenstein, an economics PhD and currently a portfolio manager. As he states in the "about me" section of his blog, his economic views tend to align closely to those of Hayek, Stigler and Friedman and his big idea is that "risk is generally not related to expected return because people are more envious than greedy." Although posts have been become sporadic of late, recent posts on Falkenblog provide for some long-form, insightful and interesting reads, while going through some of the older posts you'll find shorter more digestible posts that are still relevant today.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, finance, investment
Grasping Reality with Both Hands
The blog with the constantly changing title, currently entitled Grasping Reality with Both Hands, is one of the originals of the economics blogosphere dating way back to the 1990s. Brad Delong the veteran blogger, economic historian, and professor of economics at U.C. Berkley, posts daily and sometimes multiple times a day on anything economics related. As an economic historian, he often posts pieces from other authors from the past, drawing on them to illustrate points on the present global economic and political atmosphere.
Focus topics: International economics, economic history, politics
Greg Mankiw’s Blog
If you are a student of economics or just generally interest in learning about economics, Greg Mankiw, an introductory economics professor at Harvard University, has you covered. Even if you never studied economics at Harvard, chances are your economics textbook in school was written by the very same Greg Mankiw. He certainly knows his stuff. If you want to learn about the principles of economics, his blog is a great foundation on which to build on.
Focus topics: General economics
Growthology | Kauffman Foundation
Written by a team of Kauffman associates and expert researchers, Growthology provides insight and analysis on entrepreneurship and education. As the premier resource for exploring entrepreneurship research, Growthology makes complex findings accessible to entrepreneurs, policymakers, media outlets, and fellow researchers. These insights help grow an understanding of the pathways to economic independence.
Focus topics: Entrepreneurship, general economics
In the Long Run
In the Long Run is a blog by Colin Lloyd, a vereran of financial markets of more than 30 years. The blog is intended to provide longer-term macroeconomic commentary and analysis for financial market investors.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, finance, investment
John Quiggin is an Australian laureate fellow in economics and professor at the University of Queensland, and a board member of the Climate Change Authority of the government of Australia. His blog named simply, John Quiggin, features commentary on Australian news and world events from "a social democratic perspective." Popular topics on his blog include economic policy, the environment, and politics.
Focus topics: General economics, public policy, environmental economics
Lars P. Syll
Lars P. Syll has a PhD in Economics and is currently a professor of civics at Malmö University in Sweden. Syll describes himself as a "critical realist" who opposes "all kinds of social constructivism and postmodern relativism". As a social scientist and an economist in the mold of John Maynard Keynes, Syll's blog is covers topics such as education, theory of science and methodology, politics and society, as well as economics and econometrics.
Focus topics: Economic theory, politics, econometrics, general economics
Lat. Am. Lowdown
Founded by two Oxford alumni with experience living and working in Latin America, Lat. Am. Lowdown selectively covers all areas of Latin American political, economic and financial affairs. Motivated by the relatively limited coverage and analysis the region receives in the English-language press, the blog aims to examine the issues behind Latin American headlines and offer an online Anglophone audience an insight into a region characterized by its vibrant political scene and exciting emerging economies; from to Mexico's , there is always a Latin American story worth reading at L.A.L.
Focus topics: Latin America, economics, politics, finance
Long and Variable
Tony Yates, a professor of economics at the University of Birmingham in the UK, writes the Long and Variable blog. The blog's material often covers monetary policy and central banking, however, macroeconomics and public policy in general are also a central theme. Yates states that the title of the blog comes from Milton Friedman's skepticism of changes in monetary policy and their effects on inflation and real economic activity. Although he does not endorse Friedman's economic and political ideals, he does hold that Friedman's long and variable skepticism is always a good thing to keep in mind when reading up on central banking and monetary policy. Lastly, he mentions that Long and Variable is simply a way to describe his blog posts, long and of variable quality. We beg to differ with the latter point.
Focus topics: Monetary policy, macroeconomics
Macro Man, the anonymous writer that started it all, is back and better than ever. The story of Macro Man is a bit of a confusing one: After leaving the blog back in 2011 to a group of other anonymous economists that went by the name Team Macro Man and subsequently left themselves a few years later, Macro Man is now back in the hands of the original Macro Man. Whether its economics, finance or investment, Macro Man has you covered. Interspersed posts of "poetry and nonsense," as they put it, keeps the blog fun, fresh and entertaining.
Focus topics: General economics, finance, investment
David Andolfatto is the Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the author of MacroMania, a purely macroeconomic blog covering not only the U.S. but other countries of interest around the globe. If you like macroeconomics, this blog will make your day.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, monetary policy
If you are interseted in solving managerial problems and decision making with economics, Managerial Econ is right up your alley. Luke Froeb, former Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission and currently the William C. Oehmig Chair of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Vanderbilt University, is the author of several books on managerial economics. Froeb's blog is a great blend of business and economics.
Focus topics: Managerial economics, business, macroeconomics
Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, both professors at George Mason University, are the economists behind Marginal Revolution. Although more of a microblog, Marginal Revolution is one of the better economics blogs out there, featuring daily link roundups and some entertaining and often elightening debates among commentors on Cowen's and Tabarrok's posts.
Focus topics: General economics
Although we cover macroeconomics here at Met the why particular, we thought it would be important to provide a blog purely on microeconomics. Microeconomic Insights is the home for high quality microeconomic research and aims to disseminate it into public domain with the objective of improving the foundations of economy policy. Some of the topics covered are, development, health economics, environmental economics, international trade, public finance, industrial organization and labor economics - just about everything having to do with microeconomics can be found at Microeconomics Insights.
Focus topics: Microeconomics
Mike Norman Economics
Mike Norman is an economist and veteran trader. With over 30 years of experience working on Wall Street under his belt, he is certainly a foremost authority on trading, finance and invesment. He was previously a business conrtibutor for Fox News for over 11 years, a manager of some of the largest hedge funds in the world, a former member of the NYMEX, CEM, COMEX, and NYFE as well as a manager of a proprietary trading desk for Credit Suisse. He is also currently an educator, teaching students Foreign Exchange trading.
Norman is a propent of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). His blog Mike Norman Economics, an economics, investment, trading and policy blog, focuses on Modern Monetary Theory seeking to dispell many of the fallacies and myths that are common in mainstream economic thinking today. The blog, other than the typical text posts, also includes a long list of podcasts and videos, which is fairly unique to many of the other blogs on this list.
Focus topics: Economics, investment, public policy
The Mises Institute is dedicated to educating the public on Austrian economics. The Mises Wire therefore is their online outlet where they write blogs posts commenting on economic and policy news arguing from the perspective of the Austrian school of economics. If you are interested in Austrian economics or simply just want to learn more about it, the Mises Wire is certainly a good place to start.
Focus topics: Austrian economics, general economics, public policy
Mike Shedlock a.k.a. Mish is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management and runs the blog Mish Talk, a daily blog on global economics.
"My blog focuses on the global macro picture, both foreign and domestic. I cover trends in jobs, currencies, gold, equities, interest rates, GDP, and the impacts of political decisions on the markets." Mish, therefore, pretty much covers it all with Mish Talk.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, Interational economics, commodities, forex
LTC W. William Woolsey, or Bill Woolsey for short, writes the Monetary Freedom blog. He is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at The Citadel and the Mayor of the Town of James Island. He updates the blog often and tackles issues in the news related to politics and economics especially in the U.S.
Focus topics: General economics, politics, U.S. economy
J.P. Koning is a data journalist and graphic designer at , where he creates infographics filled with charts and graphs that tell a story with images rather than text. Ironically, he also writes a blog called Moneyness that is very popular. Moneyness is a blog generally on finance and economics, but more specifically, as one might guess, the blog is about money. Whether it be monetary economics, monetary policy, central banking, alternative money, gold, and payment systems, Koning blogs about it. You may also find posts dealing with economic history, stock markets and data visualization. Koning is a talented fella. His blog is one we recommend you have a look at.
Focus topics: Monetary policy, economics, finance
Morss Global Finance
Elliott Morss has a PhD in Political Science and has taught at numerous Universities around the world, most recently at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has also worked for the IMF in the Fiscal Affair department. Most of his career has been spent as an economic consultant to developing nations on issues of trade, finance and environmental preservation. He has coauthored 6 books and been published in over 50 professional journals. His blog Morss Global Finance covers everything from global economics, entertainment, health, investing and, of course, wine. It is an eclectic mix, but a good one.
Focus topics: International economics, finance, investment
Describing himself as a "random econ blogger," Amol Agrawal has distinguished himself as an authority on the Indian Economy through his blog, Mostly Economics. Although the blog has been traditionally focused on Indian economics, there are posts concerned with economics of a more global nature. If you are interested in the Indian economy or just economics in general, Amol's blog is a good place to start.
Focus topics: Indian economy, general economics
Multiplier Effect is the blog of the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, whichs seeks to stimulate economic discussion by disseminating to the public their findings from research and other activities through publications, conferences, and the like. Multipier Effect is one of the channels through which they are able to do this. The ultimate goal is "to server the policymaking community of U.S. as well as the rest of the world so that scholars, leaders and others in business, labor and government are able to work together to solve problems of a common interest." The blog covers issues such as economic policy, financial reform, international trade, modern monetary policy, and much more. Give it a read through.
Focus topics: General economics, public policy
"We are shedding light on the dark and seamy corners of finance," so says the About section of Naked Capitalism, a multi-author blog born out of frustration from what they perceived to be underreporting of the real issues behind the events leading up to the global financial crisis last decade. Naked Capitalism is a contrarian blog that pulls no punches "fearlessly" commenting on economics, finance, and politics frequently criticizing governments, the news media, and academia "particularly those who promote policies that favor entrenched interests and the wealthy while pretending they are good or necessary for ordinary people." This blog is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Focus topics: Economics, finance, politics, social inequality
Francis Diebold is the blogger behind No Hesitations, a largely statistics and econometrics driven blog. A professor of economics by day and a (presumably) a blogger by night, this blog is highly technical, however, very interesting if you want to learn more on predictive dynamic modelling. Essentially, it teaches you how to can use statistics to predict outcomes and effects of change in the future. Again, this blog is highly technical, but worth a read through to see if it is your cup of tea.
Focus topics: Econometrics, statistics, predictive modelling
Noahpinion is the personal blog of Noah Smith, a columnist for Bloomberg View and a former assistant professor of finance at Stony Brook University. Noah blogs on economics, politics and finance and the intersection between them.
Focus topics: Economics, finance, politics
Notes by Henry
Notes by Henry is a relatively new blog, having just begun in early 2016, it has some very insightful content on Latin American affairs. Henry also writes for EcoLatino, a local newspaper in Ottawa, Canada dedicated to Latin American affairs in their community. If you are interesting in Latin American social, political and economic issues, something that is often underreported in the mainstream media, Henry's blog might be one to have a look at.
Focus topics: Latin American economy, politics
You've probably heard of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), however you may not have heard of their blog, OECD Insights. The OECD is an intergovernmental oganization that is committed to stimulating world economic progress and world trade. OECD Insights, run by Patrick Love, a longtime writer on socioeconomic questions, seeks to explain important issues, especially economic issues, facing society in a clear and comprehensible manner. The blog not only features posts by Love himself, but many guest posts from authoritative figures in economics as well as from within the OECD organization.
Focus topics: General economics, development
Of Two Minds
Charles Hugh Smith is a bit of a different sort of character on this list consisting mostly of blogs from institutions and academics. Smith is a writer by trade, which you can pick up from his writing, but his knowledge on finance and economics is also there for all to see in his well-written contrarian blog, Of Two Minds. Once ranked #7 on a list of the "Best Alternative Finance Blogs" by CNBC, Of Two Minds is a great blend of discussions rooted in economics and finance while also frequently tying it all together with his views on social issues that many are confronted with today. Smith's viewpoints often go against the grain of those that one will find in the mainstream, however, they are well-articulated, cogent arguments that provide the reader with a prespective coming from the other side.
Focus topics: General economics, finance, society
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Focus topics: General Economics, New Zealand
On the Economy
Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President of the U.S. Joe Biden, is currently a Senior Fellow of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. His blog, On the Economy, covers just what the name suggests, the economy, specifically the economy of the U.S. Some of the topics covered in Bernstein's blog include fiscal policy, income inequality, employment and wage trends, as well as analysis of the financial and housing markets. His posts are both very informative and engaging while he makes international comparisons and valid arguments.
Focus topics: Microeconomics, labor economics, fiscal policy, finance
owenzidar is the personal blog of Owen Zidar (imagine that), an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago. His blog posts tend to reflect his areas of study, which are statesed as: "public finance topics at the intersection of labor and macroeconomics."
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, labor economics
Carola Binder's Quantitative Ease is an economics blog, like many of the other blogs on this list, focused primarily on the intersection between macroeconomics, monetary policy and finance. Binder is an Associate Professor of Economics at Haverford College having earned her PhD in Economics from U.C. Berkley just recently in 2015. Her blog often discusses issues related to uncertainty and public perception in a context of macroeconomic policy making and how public policy influences the public perception. Was it the chicken or the egg? Carola Binder attempts to illuminate the answer that question and many more related to macroeconomics in Quantitative Ease.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, monetary policy, behavioral economics
Robert P. Murphy’s Free Advice
Do you want free advice? Robert P. Murphy has it for you in his blog aptly titled, "Free Advice." If you are interested in other perspectives apart from Keynsian economics, Murphy's blog comments on current events from the perspective of Austrian economics.
Focus topics: General economics
Currently a Professor of Public Policy at U.C. Berkley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, Robert Reich writes this influential blog. Also a former Secretary of Labor for the Clinton administration, for which he was named one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century by Time magazine, his blog therefore centers on politics and public policy and their effect on economics, finance and society especially in the U.S. If you are interesting in U.S. politics, Robert Reich may just be the blog for you.
Focus topics: U.S. politics, public policy, economics
Roger Farmer’s Economic Window
Roger E. Farmer is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Roger Farmer's Economic Window is a blog that is as close to being purely economic as you can get discussing economic theory, ideas, and history, it generally focuses on macroeconomic analysis and monetary policy, especially in the U.S. and UK.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, monetary policy
Sparse Thoughts of a Gloomy Eurpoean Economist
Haunted by recent political inaction and ideology in economic analysis, Francesco Saraceno, a senior economist at OFCE Sciences-Po, an international research university located in France, is a gloomy European economist. Gloomy, however, does not mean uninteresting. His personal blog, Sparse Thoughts of a Gloomy Economist, centers generally on macroeconomics and economic policy, especially at a European level with some pessimistic undertones, which gives the blog a bit of spice.
Focus topics: European economics, monetary policy, politics
Steve Keen’s Debtwatch
Australian economist, Steve Keen, is currently a professor of economics at Kingston University in London, UK. Born out of the Global Financial Crisis, Steve Keen's Debt Watch analyzes the theory of debt deflation, aruging that the global private debt bubble is the cause of economic crises especially during the the Global Financial Crisis. His blog generally focuses on macroeconomic analysis sprinkled in with his contrarian economic ideas and criticisms of neoclassical economics. Soon he will be moving his blogging activities over to a new site , which will support his newest book entitled "Can we avoid another financial crisis?" scheduled for release in April or May of this year.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics
Supply and Demand (in that order)
This blog written by Casey B. Mulligan, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, is focused mainly on labor economics, fiscal policy and of course the fundamental economic concept of supply and demand, as the name of the blog would suggest. He argues that supply and demand are immensely useful to understand and predict everyday occurences in the world. Read this blog to better understand how labor supply and labor demand influence employment, income and wages, as well as other concepts related to labor economics.
Focus topics: Labor economics, fiscal policy
The Academic Health Economists’ Blog
While not a strictly economics blog, The Academic Health Economists' Blog provides quality posts on health economics. The site’s aim is to provide an unbiased debate on health economics, which it does by representing a variety of views and opinions on current events.
When we reached out to Chris Sampson, the blog's Administrator, he described The Academic Health Economists' Blog as, "a place for economists to discuss health policy and academic research, offering novel contributions to theory and practice." If you are interested in health economics, this is definitely one of the blogs you have to check out in 2017. They publish weekly journal round-ups, and have some new regular features in the works. Sampson also mentioned that the blog is always open to recruiting authors, so get in touch if you'd like to contribute to the debate.
Focus topics: Health economics
The Aleph Blog
The Aleph Blog is run by David J. Merkel, CFA. Merkel has been writing on economics, finance and investment for a number of years starting with RealMoney.com back in 2003. He was the Chief Economist and Director of Research of Finacorp Securities until 2011. Since then he has run his own equity asset management shop, called Aleph Investments. When we exchanged emails a few weeks back, he had this to say about the Aleph Blog:
Focus topics: General economics, finance, investing
The Baseline Scenario
The Baseline Scenario is a multi-author blog co-founded in 2008 by James Kwak and Simon Johnson. James Kwak is a Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut. His expertise lies in banking and financial regulation, deficits, and fiscal policy. Simon Johnson is a Professor of Global Economics and Management at MIT. Their blog is dedicated to sheding light on some of the key economic issues the world faces and developing concrete economic policy proposals. The blog has been cited as one of the best blogs on economics and finance by the WSJ not once, but twice. The authors have also been in published in some of the most influential print newspapers in the world. The Baseline Scenario is one of the blogs you should at the very least short list to start reading in 2017.
Focus topics: General economics, politics
The Beacon Blog
The Beacon, a group blog of the , examines economic policy, healthcare, education, civil liberties, and political trends, all from a pro-market, pro-liberty perspective. Although written by scholars and PhDs, the style is accessible and often conversational. Independent also has two other blogs: focuses on the costs and consequences of various U.S. federal and state government programs, including government indebtedness and bureaucratic overreach. , its Spanish-language blog, features coverage of Latin America, as well as translations of content from Independent Institute’s English-language website. Founded in 1986, Independent Institute is a non-partisan research and educational organization whose mission is “to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity.”
The Big Picture
Barry Ritholtz' The Big Picture offers just about anything one could ask for in terms of investing, trading, macroeconomics and "everything else in between." Ritholtz is the founder and chief investment officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management and is a frequent guest and commentator on economics and finance for major news outlets. Economists by nature tend to be pessimistic and sometimes Ritholtz' posts take a pessimistic tone, however, that may have more to do with being an avid New York Knicks basketball fan than an economist. All jokes aside, this blog is definitely worth your consideration to start reading in 2017.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, finance, investment
The Capital Spectator
James Picerno's Capital Spectator is another all-encompassing economics, investment, and finance blog. The focus of the blog is macreconomics, the business cylce and portfolio growth strategy emphasizing asset allocation and related analytics. Picerno has been writing on macreconomics and finance for over 20 years. He's written for Bloomberg, Dow Jones and other related media groups. The Capital Spectator is a blog for people interested in everything economics, finance and investment.
Focus topics: General economic, finance, investment
The Dangerous Economist
With many different kinds of economists on this list, this is the only dangerous one. Cyril Morong is the Dangerous Economist. He is also a professor of economics at San Antonio College in the Lone Star State of Texas. Cyril seems to use the blog for teaching purposes, often picking up on popular news items to illuminate how everyday news pieces are influenced or driven by economic themes and ideas. This blog is recommeded for anyone looking to learn the basic principles principles and how they can be applied to everday news and events.
Focus topics: General economics
The Economic Collapse
Are you prepared for the coming economic collapse and the next great depression? That is about as close as you get to a description of the Economic Collapse Blog from Michael T. Snyder, the founder and publisher of the blog. Sounds pretty ominous, doesn't it? "Almost everyone will find something in my articles that will deeply upset them. That is okay. I am a truthseeker. I just call it like I see it, " states Snyder on his blog. Although some of what Michael writes could be considered controversial, he believes it comes from a good place. "Even though I write about a lot of heavy issues, hopefully I am doing it with a loving heart." Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of not only The Economic Collapse Blog, but also The Most Important News. Michael has a J.D. and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School has worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington DC. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.
Focus topics: General economics
The Everyday Economist
The Everyday Economist is an assitant professor of economics at the University of Mississippi by the name of Josh Hendrickson. Hendrickson's ability to write in a conversational tone make it a more readable blog than perhaps some of the others on this list. An ideal blog for an econmics novice, his posts are often of the tutorial or explainer variety, making them educational and relevant for longer periods of time.
Focus topics: General economics
The Grumpy Economist
John Cochrane is the Grumpy Economist, but don't let the name scare you off, he actually asserts that he isn't really all that grumpy. John is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. His blog features "commentary, news, and views from a free-market perspective." His posts provide detailed commentary along with data on economic news, finance and public policy.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, finance, public policy
The Incidental Economist
If health economics is your thing, here is another health economics blog to sink your teeth into. We've so far had a dangerous economist, an everyday economist and a grumpy one, but this is the first on the list of the incidental variety. The Incidental Economist is actually a team of writers that hold positions as researchers and professors in economics, law and health services. The blog broadly covers the U.S. healthcare system, its organization, how it works, and its deficiencies. With the ultimate goal of makeing the U.S. healthcare system better, The Incidental Economist seeks to inform the reader on how to better understand healthcare in the U.S. to empower the reader to participate in the reformation of the system.
Focus topics: Health economics, U.S. healthcare system
The Market Monetarist
The Market Monetarist is written by Danish economist Lars Christensen. He has had a long career in economics starting as an economic policy analyst at the Danish Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1996 to 2001 and was subsequently the Head of Emerging Markets research at Danske Bank in Copenhagen until 2015. His blog, which has existed since 2011, is focused on monetary policy. Since its beginning, the blog has contributed to the development of the the school of Market Monetarism. Other proponents of the Market Monetarist school include Scott Sumner, David Beckworth, Nick Rowe and Marcus Nunes. Christensen's blog is more global oriented than the other Market Monetarist blogs, which tend to be more U.S. centric. Among some of the more controversial topics on The Market Monetarist blog has been Lars Christensen's call for "Currency War" as something positive in a deflationary world. Christensen has been highly critical of the euro and the conduct of monetary policy in the Euro Zone. Christensen is a long-term advocate of nominal GDP targeting as a monetary policy rule. Lars Christensen is currently the CEO, founder and owner of Markets & Money Advisory.
Focus topics: Market monetarism, monetary economics
The Market Ticker
Karl Denninger is an American technology businessman, finance blogger, and political activist. He is the man behind the Market Ticker, a finance blog which features his commentary on capital markets. When asked to describe his blog, Denninger responded simply, "commentary on the intersection between economics and politics." Short and sweet. Fair enough.
Focus topics: Economics, finance, politics
The Slack Wire
The Slack Wire is the blog of J.W. Mason, a professor of economics based in New York City. His blog primarily covers macroeconomics as well as delving into economic history among other subjects.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics
The Sports Economist
For all of the sports enthusiasts out there, The Sports Economist is a blog that combines sports with economics. The blog is a group blog consisting of mostly economics PhDs. There isn't much out there on the economics of sports, however, sports provides an excellent opportunity to apply economic ideas to an everyday subject. Essentially, it makes economics fun for those that would normally find the subject to be a drab one while at the same time still being educational. Even those that aren't sports fans might find The Sports Economist interesting, as it is something relatively scarce in the economics blogosphere.
Focus topics: Sports economics
The Undercover Economist
Another economist on our list, Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. His blog, The Undercover Economist, is based on the first of several books that he has written. The blog is essentially a collection of Harford's musings on everyday events and the economic ideas that lie underneath. Having worked at Shell, The World Bank, and as an educator at Oxford University, Harford draws on his life experiences to bring a unique perspective to economics, business and politics and how they affect us in our everyday lives.
Focus topics: General economics
The Money Illusion comes from EconLog contributor Scott Sumner. The blog primarily provides commentary on monetary policy. He also has recently started to blog on subjects which he is in favor of such as neoliberalism, utilitarianism, and pragmatism as well as nationalism, of which he is not a fan. "I’d like to see more accountability, more transparency, and a bigger role for market expectations in the setting of monetary policy instruments." This blog is one for the monetary economics enthusiasts and otherwise interested parties.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, monetary economics
Worstall is a British writer and Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute. His blog tends to cover econmics and politics, particularly related to the United Kingdom. Worstall is a writer with a talent for adding a bit of spice in the form of dry humor to his writing just to keep things interesting. His blog is more of a microblog with short snippets of commentary on news and articles from other outlets, however he is also a regular contributor to Forbes and the Register where you can catch more longer form articles of his, if you are interested. He has also been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many other prominent media outlets.
Focus topics: General economics, politics
True Economics is the blog created by Constantin Gurdgiev, a Russian economist and currently a Professor of Finance at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, California. His blog is a daily commentary on global economic, financial, and political news, analyzing how they impact the markets and the readers themselves. He is in the process of moving his True Economics blog over to a new site called , but for the moment you can still visit the True Economics site to see what Constantin has to say on a daily basis. True Economics is highly recommended for anyone looking for the very best in daily economic trends, analysis, and commentary.
Truth on the Market
Truth on the Market is a blog maintained by a group of law professors and economists. The subject matter of their blog tends to cover business, law and economics, especailly in the U.S., but sometimes also branches out into other areas and locations of focus. A large portion of the blog's subject matter is devoted to commentary on antitrust, as well as economics.
Focus topics: Economics, business law
Wolf Richter, runs WOLF STREET, an often cynical or tongue-in-cheek blog that digs into economic, business, and financial issues, complex entanglements, and other debacles or opportunities in the US, Europe, Japan, China, and occasionally some other locations. He often has guest bloggers contributing to content on the site, which brings an eclectic crowd of unique points of view from writers other than Wolf himself.
Worthwhile Canadian Initiative
The Worthwhile Canadian Initiative is a "mainly Canadian economics blog." The blog is currently maintained by four economics professors, namely Stephen Gordon, Frances Woolley, Nick Rowe and, , Livio Di Matteo. Topics covered on the blog generally encompass macroeconomics, but also include politics, immigration, inequality, finance and education.
Focus topics: Macroeconomics, Canadian economics
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