Staying abreast of the world’s economy is vital, whether or not you have hefty investments in the stock market. A close study of economics sheds light on political, social, and even environmental trends, all of which affect even the average person’s daily life. Following is a list of the top 100 blogs dealing with economics. Make at least a couple of them daily or weekly reads to help you become an informed, intelligent, and conscientious citizen.
These blogs focus more on international economics, rather than just the United States’ economic scene. Discover insightful posts that reveal direct and indirect economic effects on global policy.
- China Economics Blog – A good place to find news, observations, statistics, information on undergraduate (BSc and BA economics) postgraduate (MSc economics) and academic analysis of important issues for China’s economy. Topics about China’s include economic growth, inequality, stockmarket, shares, exchange rates, the environment, and foreign direct investment.
- Economics in the News – "Britain’s most popular economics blog" is a must-read for economists all over the world. Learn how European currencies and trends affect the global economy.
- Adam Smith Institute – The Adam Smith Institute is the UK’s leading innovator of free-market policies. It researches practical ways to inject choice and competition into public services, extend personal freedom, reduce taxes, prune back regulation, and cut government waste.
- AtlanticBlog – Site contains thoughts on politics, economics, and culture by an economist living in Ireland.
- Club for Growth – This blog is written by an academic economist to document the rapidly changing Chinese economy and its local and global implications.
- Dear Economist – The ‘Dear Economist’ column in the Financial Times answers readers’ personal problems with the tools of Adam Smith.
- Eclectic Econoclast – Canadian economics professor examines economics from a non-U.S.centric point of view. Objective and academically sound theories.
- Mises Economics Blog – Part of a larger site which offers reliable and stable research tools to classrooms and libraries around the world. The blog offers particular insight into Austrian economics and libertarian political theory.
- New Economist – The author of this blog is London-based, so reading up on his research will give you a broader perspective of the world economy.
- Nouriel Roubini’s Global Economics Blogs – On this blog, readers are able to select in-depth analyses of the economy in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific, or the Middle East and Africa.
- Tea With FT – A clever blog from a former World Bank Executive Director, articles are disguised as letters to the editor of the Financial Times.
- Stumbling and Mumbling – A primarily British-centric site, this economics blog mixes hard news with hysterical anecdotes.
- Tim Worstall – This personal blog comes from Tim Worstall, who proudly flaunts the review that he is "bad, mad, and dangerous to know" at the top of his Web page.
- Vox – A policy portal set up by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (www.CEPR.org) in conjunction with a consortium of national sites. Vox aims to promote research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading scholars. The intended audience is economists in governments, international organisations, academia and the private sector as well as journalists specializing in economics, finance and business.
- David Smith’s EconomicsUK – Author David Smith boasts that this blog features "all the economics you need." Open forums supplement his own articles and reviews.
Blogs by University Professors
Being a university professor gives you a lot of extra credibility. These bloggers spend excessive amounts of time researching and analyzing economic and political trends, making their posts worthwhile reads.
- Café Hayek – Libertarian economics explained by two George Mason Universtiy professors.
- Chicago Boyz – Disciples of the famous University of Chicago brand of economics examine current events with the slant indicative of the University of Chicago economics department.
- Economist’s View – Featured articles contributed by University of Oregon professor, Mark Thoma are highlighted in this blog by the university professor. Discusses current issues along with economic theory.
- Financial Rounds – An unknown profesor from a university somewhere in the northeast (feel free to guess) combines the classroom with the real world and vice versa.
- TaxProf Blog – TaxProf is an extremely comprehensive look at all issues concerning tax law. It is updated frequently and is a great source of current tax related events, discussion, and analysis.
- Neuroeconomics – This blog is maintained by the Center for the Study of Neuroeconomics at George Mason University. Read about the cutting edge study and how it relates to law, ethics, and general economic trends.
- Statistical Modeling – This blog tracks the research of three economic experts and Columbia University professors.
- The Becker-Posner Blog – Two well-known professors — one from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, and the other from the University of Chicago Law School — post reviews and analyses about all things that deal with economics.
- The Anti-Becker-Posner Blog – This community blog encourages reader feedback to critique and sometimes undermine the real Becker-Posner blog (see above.)
- William J. Polley – Read economic analyses by an energetic, enthusiastic assistant professor from Western Illinois University.
- Awkward Utopia – This blog is run by the University of Florida’s University Economics Society. Read earnest, thought-provoking articles by the students who joke that in their society, "the inmates run the asylum."
- Greg Mankiw’s Blog – Famed Harvard professor’s blog is intended as a medium for former students and colleagues to keep in touch. However, it also serves as a valuable resource for current economic discussion.
- Law and Economics Blog – Two economics professors highlight current issues where law and economics intersect.
- Vox Baby – Dartmouth professor muses about economics, politics, and social security.
- Dani Rodrik’s Weblog – Author and elite Harvard Professor Dani Rodrik writes about traditional and groundbreaking economic philosophies.
These blogs are only for economists who lean to the left. No Republicans allowed.
- Angry Bear – Angry Bear provides commentary on news, politics, and the U.S. economy with an admitted slight Liberal (capital "L") bias. Great fodder for left-leaning economists.
- Institutional Economics – This web site is a blog devoted to economics and financial markets from a truly liberal perspective.
- The Liberal Order – A Hillsdale College economics professor considers old school thought and modern day practice to find a "classical liberal order."
- The Wall Street Journal Online – Political and financial heavyweight WSJ publishes an online blog with a special focus on economics.
- The Economist’s Free Exchange – The widely-known magazine sponsors a blog to encourage a discourse on economics and politics.
- Brad DeLong’s Semi-Daily Journal – Berkeley professor’s blog gives commentary and economic insight to current events and prevalent theories.
Conservative Economics Blogs
The following authors have a more right wing view on the economic climate. Conservative economists will find themselves at home while reading these blogs.
- SCSU Scholars – A blog sponsored by St. Cloud State University, this blog publishes posts about economic policy from a conservative point of view.
- BusinessPundit – Blog focuses on economic issues which affect entrepreneurship and corporate strategy.
- Musings of a Thoughtful Conservative – A Christian evangelist and economics enthusiast blogs about elections, the environment, and economic policy.
The best of the explicitly Libertarian blogs are listed here.
- Agoraphilia – A collaborative weblog of the libertarian economist Glen Whitman and jurist Tom W. Bell. This site contains many topical issues which are put under a libertarian microscope to discover new insights.
- Angry Economist – This is one economist who you don’t want to tick off. The Angry economist provides well rooted (though sometimes harsh) critiques with a libertarian flavor.
- Coyote Blog – Coyote Blog is the work of Warren Meyer, a small business owner in Phoenix, Arizona. Topics range from business to economics to libertarian philosophy along with sports and electronics.
The following blogs deal more with economics as it relates to the business world.
- Businomics Blog – Geared towards helping people use economics to make business decisions. Fuses together economic prinicpals and business strategy.
- Economics Unbound – Business Week’s featured blog which discusses current economic issues which have an impact on the business world.
The next blogs on our list focus primarily on economic policy and legislation.
- Asymmetrical Information – Musings about current events and policy with an economic slant can be found at this site. Jane Galt (Clever Ayn Rand reference) has a very appealing writing style which makes reading about economics fun.
- Econbrowser – Frequently updated blog provides commentary and insight on current economic issues, with an emphasis on policy.
- Economic Dreams, Economic Nightmares – Commentary on current economic policies and their ramifications. Highlights the impacts of good and bad economic decisions by policy makers, wall street executives, investors, etc.
- Economic Principals – A Web-based independent commentary on the production and distribution of economic ideas. Though, claiming to not be a blog – we still included it in our rankings due to its solid economic content. EP reports mainly on university economics, as it affects historical awareness, political debate and public policy. It seeks to put under-noticed economic journalism in touch with a wider audience.
- Thomas Palley – Researcher Thomas Palley posts weekly articles about economic policy.
The blogs in this section focus in whole or in part on the intersection between economics and the environment. These writers provide profound insights by approaching green issues in a manner that isn’t often heard in the mainstream.
- The Environmental Economics Blog – The Environmental Economics blog is dedicated to the dissemination of economists’ views on current environmental and natural resource issues. Intended to help bring economists’ views on environmental issues further into the mainstream.
- Ecological Economics – Ecological Economics web-log is designed to refine economists’ and ecologists’ views, agreements, and disagreements on current environmental and natural resource issues. This blog also aspires to help ecological economics ideas gain traction in social and political discussion and policy making.
- Globilisation and the Environment – This blog brings readers the most important news stories in order to illuminate economic policy and controversy.
- Environmental and Urban Economics – Though having a focus on urban living and environmental economics, author Matthew Kahn covers a wide range of topics with an interesting and informal (almost diary-esque) tone that makes his writing particularly accessible.
- The Commons – The Commons Blog is a collaborative web log dedicated to the principle of promoting environmental quality and human dignity and prosperity through markets and property rights. Put more simply, it’s about how free markets can provide protection for the environment.
The following deal most heavily with up-to-the-minute news in the economic world.
- ArgMax Economics – This well respected site contains economics news, data, and analysis, as well as various other economics related services. Considered one of the best economic blogs on the internet with awards from Forbes and MSNBC.
- EconoPundit – EconoPundit provides interesting commentary and views on economic news. This site aims to inform its readers of economic reasons and explanations for what is happening in the world.
- Kudlow’s Money Politics – Lawrence Kudlow (of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company fame) dispenses advice and insight about news, business, and politics.
- Let’s Fly Under the Bridge – Blogger Roland Patrick sheds light on aspects of the day’s news and events – often with a clever tongue-in-cheek approach.
- Mahalanobis – Insight into current economic theories and spotlighted news items.
- Midwest Economy – This blog is dedicated to the Midwest economy and news. Regional economics are analyzed and explained in great detail at this site.
- Newmark’s Door – A mishmash of financial and economic news and ideas from a personal perspective.
- Reality Economics – Well thought out interpretations and summaries on news stories make this blog a worthwhile read.
- The Prudent Investor – Analyzes financial and political news with an aim to educate people about the pitfalls of some of our current economic models. The premise of the blog is that we are approaching an era of global redistribution of wealth in which the US-European centric approach will not work much longer. The author surmizes that the five billion people in the developing countries will eventually demand their fair share of the world’s resources.
- Thoughts on Economics – Short posts about book reviews and general news stories make this blog an easy-to-follow resource.
- The Bayesian Heresy – This blog hosts an extensive list of articles relating to economics, news, and other "rants on the dismal science."
These blogs are chiefly about financial issues.
- Big Picture – An essential economics blog which is considered the blog which insiders read to stay informed. Written in a very engaging style, this blog provides vital insights into the financial community by an author who is regularly featured on many television programs.
- Brad Setser’s Web Log – Brad Setser delivers global economic insights for financial professionals. Whether you are establishing direction, executing transactions, influencing decisions or performing in-depth research, this blog is a good resource.
- Calculated Risk – A senior executive, retired from a public company, with a background in investing, finance and economics comments on current financial issues.
- Richard’s Real Estate and Urban Economics Blog – This blog will feature commentary on the current state of housing, commercial real estate, mortgage finance, and urban development around the world. It also at times provides thoughts about graduate business education.
These blogs don’t fall under any particular category, but they’re worth checking out to get a comprehensive understanding of the general economic climate.
- Crooked Timber – Blog is written by a conglomerate of authors and provides commentary on wide-ranging economic and social issues.
- Daniel W. Drezner – The author has a deep academic background and provides economic insights founded in solid economic theory.
- Deinonychus antirrhopus – An opinionated blog aimed at debunking false economic presumptions along with providing in-depth economic analysis of current events.
- Division of Labor – Well-respected blog provides frequent entries by its many authors on topical economics issues.
- EconLog – Collection of short, topical articles and insights on the week’s issues in economics.
- Economic Development Leader – This blog contains articles on applied economics from an organizational and community change consultant. Focuses on economic development in regards to building communities and related industries.
- Freakonomics – Since every good book deserves a blog, the authors of Freakonomics have created their own blog to share ideas on current events and ongoing research – with of course their trademark "Freakonomics" twist. Who knows – maybe some of their postings will start to evolve into a new hit book.
- Marginal Revolution – Popular site takes a look at the economic forces at work in current events along with other assorted knowledge.
- Market Power – Select writings from an academic economist tries to portray the power of markets.
- MaxSpeak – Political economy along with commentary on current events is addressed in this blog.
- Reasonable Bystanders – Here, articles range from critical reviews to political influences to environmental concerns.
- The Capital Spectator – The Capital Spectator is on a mission to find "the bottom line" in the debate about connections between money, oil, and economics.
- Harvard International Review – A sophisticated take on economic study, this blog features opinions and articles by members of the academic, professional, and international communities.
- Ask Edgeworth – This good-natured blog answers questions about economics and political trends.
- Capital Freedom – This blog is cleverly run by the allegorical "Capital Freedom," who divulges what it’s like to hang out with economic policymakers in Washington, explains crucial legal and political issues, and more.
Below are blogs that vary from the professional to the personal, with advice and news about current economics trends by region, author, and other divisions.
- Ben Muse – This web site publishes posts on economics, and especially the political economy of trade, and on Alaska.
- Cold Spring Shops – Named after the primary repair and car building facility of The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company, this blog provides insights into economics along with anything that runs on rails.
- Dynamist Blog – Originally started as an online companion to the book, The Future and Its Enemies. Since then, the site has grown into an online home for all of the autohr’s work, including new books, articles and some of speeches. Most of the recent additions to the site are sections on glamour and variety and choice, the two areas in which the blog’s author is currently researching.
- General Glut’s Globblog – Contrary to many of the neo-classical blogs, this contrarians blog maintains that capitalism’s tendencies lead to overaccumulation and underconsumption. Also describes how globalization leads to increased debt, deflation, and depression.
- Heavy Lifting – Informed economic views and current events highlight this economist’s blog. Author also contributes to Division of Labour.
- Macroblog – Site’s author has been transitioning to a new position with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, but promises to be back soon. Past articles have included strong macroeconomic analysis.
- OMB Watch – OMB Watch tracks the dealings of the powerful Office of Management and Budget. Their goals are to increase government transparency and accountability; to ensure sound, equitable regulatory and budgetary processes and policies; and to protect and promote active citizen participation in our democracy.
- Organizations and Markets – The authors are influenced by mainstream approaches in economics and management, by the emerging disciplines of transaction cost economics and capabilities theory, and by the alternative traditions of Austrian and evolutionary economics. While Organizations and Markets focuses on academic research in economics and management, the authors also comment occasionally on other shared interests, such as classical liberalism and cultural conservatism.
- Peter Gordon’s Blog – A blog exploring the intersection of economic thinking and urban planning/real estate development and related themes.
- PrestoPundit – Read analytic posts about the current political and economic scene.
- The Idea Shop – Published economist and writer Andrew Chamberlain discusses economic trends and their consequences.
- The One-Handed Economist – An informal blog on topics like politics, trading, and "nerdity," these articles will give you a break from the drier, hard news blogs.
- The Sports Economist – This blog is intended to be a depository of economic thinking on issues in sport, and to a lesser extent, economics in general. Sports provide an entertaining and useful platform for economic discussion. The sports world is used to provide a unique canvas for illustrating economic forces at work.
- Truck and Barter – "Where sympathy and hedonism collide," according to the site. Read about how politics affect economics.
- volunaryXchange – A Ph.D. considers political and economic strife.
- Winter Speak – A former expat returns to the U.S., where he writes about copyright, technology, and more, as they are related to the economy.
This comprehensive list of the top 100 economics blogs represents all avenues of economic concern. Liberals and conservatives should be able to find blogs that fit their personal political leanings, and news junkies will undoubtedly be attracted to sites that constantly update current events from around the world. Save a few of these to your favorites list, and refer to them often to better understand our world’s everchanging economic situation.