The economist you most want to see blogging

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.


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.

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.

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

Adam Smith. That would be freaking wierd, though.

stiglitz, no doubt.

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.

Edward Glaeser.

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

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

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

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.

Alberto Alesina

Robert M. Solow.

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

Caroline Hoxby and Edward Glaeser


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

Joseph Stiglitz for sure...

Hernando de Soto, Amyarta Sen, Robert Cooter

Steven Landsburg

RUDI DORNBUSCH - pity we don't have a time machine...

Joseph Stiglitz

shleifer and glaeser

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

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

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....

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

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

Douglas North

Raj Chetty from Berkeley

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.

Ernst Fehr!!!

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.

Ronald Coase
Kevin Murphy

Avner Greif

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.

Amartya Sen, definitely.

James Robinson

David Denslow University of Florida

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.

George Schultz
James Buchannan
Paul Volcker

Frank and Schelling

David Friedman, oh wait a tick,

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


Ariel Rubinstein

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.


John A. List

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.

Akerlof. easily.

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