Poll: What’s your favorite economics blog?

What’s your favorite economics blog?

Total Voters: 119

This poll was active 05.20.2012 through 05.26.2012

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    A couple of others worth looking at include Dean Baker’s ” Beat the Press” and James Howard Kunstler’s ” Cluster***k Nation”( the real name doesn’t have astericks).

  2. 2
    Dev says:


  3. 3
    David Losh says:

    For some reason Patrick.net http://patrick.net/ comes into my e-mail two or three times a week. It has links to many of the sites you listed, and some others.

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    baughman says:

    Greg mankiw’s blog

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    Scotsman says:

    I have 17 economic specific sites in my favorites that I hit everyday, as well as reading any links that may be referenced by the primary sites. There’s a lot of repetition, and some sites like Zero Hedge often re-post other author’s work under the Tyler Durdan name. What I like to look for is original thinking and research. At the top of that list would have to be Charles Hugh Smith and Karl Denniger. While I often disagree with Karl’s politics and manner, his number crunching is pretty much spot on. CHS has a good take on the big picture and goes where his thoughts take him, often interesting.

    Willing to do some work? The BLS has more numbers that any one person could possibly deal with, along with the Fed. Unfortunately what one finds there doesn’t make for short and exciting blog posts, so little of it is seen outside more investment oriented sites.

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    Toad37 says:

    Jim Puplava’s site. Look forward to his Newshour every weekend,


  8. 8

    Brad DeLong: Grasping Reality With the Invisible Hand: http://delong.typepad.com/

    Runner up is Mike Konczal’s Next New Deal: http://www.nextnewdeal.net/rortybomb

    Both DeLong and Konczal are pretty open political partisans, but they are trying to take an empirical view of the world. It’s particularly difficult for economists who believe in any stripe of Keynesian Economics (or even Milton Friedman’s views on monetary policy!) to be anything but a partisan Democrat at the federal level.

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    Wes Shandor says:

    Market Ticker? Are you serious? If you followed Denninger you wouldn’t be able to afford a computer to pick your favorite financial site.

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    uwp says:

    Economist’s View is pretty good for getting a variety of pieces throughout the day.

    Like Nicholas, I would throw DeLong in there.
    Krugman as well. http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/

    Of those 4 listed in the poll, I would probably only call CR an “Economics blog,” but I voted for the Big Picture as I find it the most interesting and informative.

    The fact that Zerohedge is at 25% right now says a lot.

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    Splash oil says:

    RE: Dev @ 2 – Yeah, that one!RE: Dev @ 2

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    ChrisM says:

    I’d take economics more seriously if ECON 101 assumed calculus as a background. The time spent on demand/supply is ridiculous given how quickly it could be written for those with a math background:


    Economics as a science? Really? Can you give me your definition of “science?”

    Can you imagine physics in an economic framework?

    “Four apples want to fall to the ground, but there’s only demand for two apples at a given interest rate. However, the Fed can drop the interest rate such that three apples can fall….”

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    ChrisM says:

    “We have declared war on work”

    starting at 15:15:


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    gardener1 says:

    I read them all. (every day)


    Market Ticker

    Charles Hughes Smith –Of Two Minds

    James Howard Kuntsler –Clusterfcuk Nation

    The Burning Platform

    Zero Hedge

    Dollar Vigilante

    Gonzalo Lira

    Chris Martenson

    Automatic Earth

    Daily Bell

    Michael Hudson

    Financial Armegeddon

    Charles Goyette–American Breaking Point

    Max Keiser

    Charles Biderman

    +And more.

    It’s not a pretty picture if you add the political bloggers to the economic bloggers.
    Not pretty at all.

    Nope, it has me very worried. Gladly, I own next to nothing and most of my net worth is in readily accessible cash. I have a mighty fine pair of walking boots. My kids are grown, they make their own decisions.

    I’m ready to get the hell out. SHTF is coming.


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    By ChrisM @ 12:

    I’d take economics more seriously if ECON 101 assumed calculus as a background. The time spent on demand/supply is ridiculous given how quickly it could be written for those with a math background:

    While it could vary by school, Econ 101 is likely microeconomics. And in any case, a heavy dose of calculus probably isn’t a good idea for an intro course.

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    Bryan says:


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    Dirty Renter says:

    I tend to follow people, not blogs.
    Bearish – Gary Shilling, Jim Grant & Kyle Bass.
    Bullish – Filloon’s energy articles on Seeking Alpha, yahoo message boards when posters give scientific links, and follow 10Ks & 10Qs of individual companies are very informative.

    Bearing in mind, everyone talks their book.

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    deejayoh says:

    RE: ChrisM @ 12 – I had a Finance prof once who pointed out that “finance is just applied economics” and I think that’s true. When the mathematicians get hold of Economics, they call it “Finance” and they don’t get any better results. Black-Scholes, derivatives, swaps. The models work until they don’t. I’m sure there was a really smart mathematician working on that trade at JP Morgan!

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    Scotsman says:

    RE: deejayoh @ 18

    Having worked quite a bit in econometrics I’d agree. In the end economics is very little about math- just very basic calculations- and much more about people- psychology, sociology, politics, fashions, expectations, etc. I was never able to build a model that captured the next move in its entirety- there were always new variables and relationships cropping up that hadn’t been considered/incorporated. The best aproach is to know as much as possible about a wide variety of things, then think your way through future moves, more like a chess game. (Except new pieces keep coming onto the board). Even some of the long wave (100 years) concepts are failing now- or at least badly tweaked and on hold.

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    Barry Steinglass says:

    http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/ – two very accomplished economics professors talking about current economic policy issues.

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    The Tim says:

    RE: deejayoh @ 18 & Scotsman @ 19 – I keep this on my desk at work:

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    OPM says:

    Bank money is made up of promises and impossible expectations; like bull!sht and human stupidity, bank money is limitless

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    pfft says:

    zerohedge? oh that explains so much. so much.

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    pfft says:

    By Ira Sacharoff @ 1:

    A couple of others worth looking at include Dean Baker’s ” Beat the Press” and James Howard Kunstler’s ” Cluster***k Nation”( the real name doesn’t have astericks).

    kunstler is not worth listening too.

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    pfft says:

    The correct answer is Paul Krugman’s blog. You won’t understand anything without it.

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    Sushih0rn says:

    I can’t believe there are votes for Market-ticker. You would have lost your retirement savings if you listened to any of Denninger’s advice and shorted the market or AAPL or go long RIMM.

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    Bob Roberts says:

    the man on the forum known as Karl “the Donglicker” has been calling for a Deflationary Depression for over 5 years now. Some of his calls have been the best trading fades I have seen in my entire lifetime often ticking the exact bottom of major moves.
    No one reads his site anymore other than various sock puppets and a crew of ass kissers.

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    Dirty Renter says:

    RE: deejayoh @ 18
    LTCM was the best of breed.

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    Dirty Renter says:

    RE: Barry Steinglass @ 20
    Dr. Becker is looking old. In the 70s, I enjoyed his seminars because he always had the best looking GTA’s. He was famous back then for his ‘The Economics of ________’ books.

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    Don says:

    The Market Ticker is great! I read it daily and then just do the opposite of what the Karl Denninger is spouting off about. KD is shorting AAPL? Buy AAPL! KD is long RIMM? I’m buying puts. FTFD.

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