The economist you most want to see blogging

by on September 21, 2007 at 6:40 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

Dani Rodrik’s readers named Joe Stiglitz first, Daron Acemoglu second.  Sen, Akerlof, and Bhagwati were next in line.  Here is the full list.  Loyal MR readers, please offer your picks in the comments, I am curious to see how much the two lists differ.

Addendum: Arnold Kling comments.

1 Student September 21, 2007 at 7:05 am

Ed Phelps.

I would really like to hear more of his thoughts on europe, economic history, and the importance of a dynamic economy. Essentially, the same things he talks about in “Understanding the Great Changes in the World”, except bite-size.

Plus, I wouldn’t mind seeing economic intellectual history discussed more often. I’m sure Phelps has some great stories about being on “front lines of economics” in the ’60s and ’70s.

IOW: Older economists should blog more.

2 tadhgin September 21, 2007 at 7:14 am

I’ll second Sen – particularly because it would involve a decidedly non US/UK/EU focus. Likewise Bhagwati – though I suspect he might turn out the way Student fears Stiglitz would.

3 jason voorhees September 21, 2007 at 7:31 am

Larry Summers, Emily Oster, Jesse Shapiro, Ed Glaeser, Robert Barro, Tom Schelling, Larry Iannaccone, Dan Hamermesh

4 josh September 21, 2007 at 7:46 am

Adam Smith. That would be freaking wierd, though.

5 kid mercury September 21, 2007 at 8:04 am

stiglitz, no doubt.

6 Tim Worstall September 21, 2007 at 8:16 am

Stiglitz? Eeek! Has anyone actually read the pieces he does for Project Syndicate? A great man and all but not exactly the most incisive writer.

Me, I’d like to see Deepak Lal. Let’s have some classical liberalism for a change.

7 aaron September 21, 2007 at 8:23 am

Edward Glaeser.

Arnold Kling (sorry Tyler, you’re better on screen and in print).

8 wintercow20 September 21, 2007 at 8:54 am

Robert Frank
Xavier Sala-i-Martín
Jonathan Wight
Bill Easterly
Steven Landsburg

9 mkl September 21, 2007 at 9:01 am

Alan Greenspan. He’s pretty far down the slippery slope to blogging now, anyway.

10 Daniel Hall September 21, 2007 at 9:03 am

Partha Dasgupta, one of our best moral philosophers.

I’ll also second the vote for Dan Hamermesh. I took a class from him once and he was extremely personable and very excited about teaching economics to undergrads; if he could bring that passion to blogging he’d be great.

11 Bonapart O Cunasa September 21, 2007 at 9:13 am

Alberto Alesina

12 Moggio September 21, 2007 at 9:51 am

Robert M. Solow.

13 rabbi September 21, 2007 at 9:54 am

Xavier Sala-i-Martin, Bill Easterly, Chris Phelan, Narayana Kocherlakota, Mike Golosov

14 LB September 21, 2007 at 10:17 am

Caroline Hoxby and Edward Glaeser

15 pml September 21, 2007 at 10:31 am

Kevin Murphy

16 Warren September 21, 2007 at 10:38 am


17 PlanMaestro September 21, 2007 at 10:41 am

Holmstrom, Glaeser y Shiller, I think we need better discussions of business, cities and finance

18 Said Salih KAYMAKCI September 21, 2007 at 10:51 am

Joseph Stiglitz for sure…

19 Javier September 21, 2007 at 10:59 am

Hernando de Soto, Amyarta Sen, Robert Cooter

20 Marko September 21, 2007 at 11:09 am

Steven Landsburg

21 Anonymous September 21, 2007 at 11:12 am

RUDI DORNBUSCH – pity we don’t have a time machine…

22 Mark M September 21, 2007 at 11:18 am

Joseph Stiglitz

23 sa September 21, 2007 at 11:26 am

shleifer and glaeser

24 a September 21, 2007 at 11:29 am

Jerry Hausman.

25 econ_apprentice September 21, 2007 at 11:34 am

Olivier Blanchard
Larry Summers
Joel Mokyr
Robert Solow
Robert Gordon
John Roemer
Dan Hamermesh

26 Michael Bishop September 21, 2007 at 11:38 am

Ed Glaeser, Robert Frank, Robert Fogel, Akerlof, Summers

27 happyjuggler0 September 21, 2007 at 12:16 pm

Barro, De Soto, Friedman (Rose), Hoxby, Phelps, Romer (Paul). I’d also like to see Miron start blogging again, but time is of course a scarce resource….

28 Juan September 21, 2007 at 12:26 pm

2 are already blogging:
Tyler Cowen and Gary Becker.
2 are dead :
Milton Friedmann-
Julien Simon: he would be spitting fire against the epa washing machines.Defending inmigration reform. And making fun of global warmig doomdayers.
2 alive and worth to hear:
James Buchannan
Ronald Coase.would be wonderful to hear him about 3g wireleess communications and hdtv

29 Will Chamberlain September 21, 2007 at 1:07 pm

Tullock would be awesome, and for a more obscure choice, Hans-Hermann Hoppe would be interesting.

30 Anonymous September 21, 2007 at 1:09 pm

Douglas North

31 PJ September 21, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Raj Chetty from Berkeley

32 Na Prática a Teoria é Outra September 21, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Stigltiz, Akerlof and Sen. Though I agree I am not sure Stiglitz would blog as well as he thinks theoretically. Akerlof should be great, though.

33 manfred September 21, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Ernst Fehr!!!

34 PrestoPundit September 21, 2007 at 2:02 pm

The world’s best macroeconomist:

Roger Garrison

A great writer, polymath & historian of econ thought:

Philip Mirowski

The leading Hayek scholar:

Bruce Caldwell

The leading philosopher of biology & economics:

Alex Rosenberg

The key thing these folks have in common is that they have a great contextual understanding of things — they know much more than most economists about the rich intellectual context in which any narrow bit of economic work sits.

The last three certainly pass the economic test of Hayek, who suggested that an economist who is only an economist isn’t much of an economist — these guys are more than economists, and that contributes to making them very good economists, and very interesting people.

35 Matthew McCormick September 21, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Ronald Coase
Kevin Murphy

36 bachwards September 21, 2007 at 2:39 pm

Avner Greif

37 Tony September 21, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Ed Glaeser

38 almrr September 21, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Acemoglu, Akerlof, Alesina, Barro, Hammermesh, Murphy, North, Romer.

1. Stiglitz would be terrible.
2. Tyler should ask the winners to guest blog or/and start a combination-plate-blog.

39 denisse September 21, 2007 at 3:13 pm

Amartya Sen, definitely.

40 Anonymous September 21, 2007 at 3:50 pm

James Robinson

41 Pitt September 21, 2007 at 4:59 pm

David Denslow University of Florida

42 Renegate September 21, 2007 at 5:15 pm

Dan Hamermesh already has kind of a blog with his Economic Thought of the Day.

Others I would like to read regularly: Jim Heckman, Truman Bewley.

43 Kostoglotov September 21, 2007 at 6:02 pm

George Schultz
James Buchannan
Paul Volcker

44 Dave September 21, 2007 at 6:53 pm

Frank and Schelling

45 Rolo Tomasi September 21, 2007 at 10:40 pm

David Friedman, oh wait a tick,

46 Lmd September 22, 2007 at 3:55 am

Robert Lucas, Paul&Christina Romer, William Easterly, Ed Prescott.
And, among the non-economists, Francis Fukuyama.

47 Jacopo September 22, 2007 at 9:08 am


48 Iván September 22, 2007 at 11:21 am

Ariel Rubinstein

49 Tronador September 22, 2007 at 2:39 pm


50 Jay September 22, 2007 at 8:46 pm

Amartya Sen definitely. Though his blog will be a ‘Sen’s blog’ rather than being another economics blog. He has more to offer than to your dismal science due to his eclectic scholarship.

Larry Summers. I think he will be an ideal blogger. Unlike Stiglitz whose blog I think will be some more pompous one way radio.

Greenspan, but I know he has started one with exactly one post till now. It is clear he just wants to sell his book w/ that.

Also the undercover economist Hartford and Jagdish Bhagwati.

I have an economist(?) whom I want to stop blogging. Paul Krugman.

Some scholars I would like to see blogging are Huntington, Chomsky, Fukuyama.

51 Harald Korneliussen September 24, 2007 at 8:20 am


52 ucecon September 24, 2007 at 3:52 pm

John A. List

53 Rafe Champion September 25, 2007 at 8:55 am

aaron has nominated the confused Australian socialist John Quiggin (only joking?).

A better pick from the Antipodes would be the late Edward Shann who flirted with the Fabians in youth but grew into a robust free trade liberal and in the 1930s advocated the policies that later became known as economic rationalism or deregulation. He mixed academic writing and teaching with public administration and commentary on current events.

54 Chris October 4, 2007 at 5:48 am

Akerlof. easily.

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