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Monday, June 2, 2008

Why aren't there more micro-oriented blogs?

Free exchange at Economist.com claims that "The economics blogosphere is now deeper and broader than that of any other non-technological academic field..." I have no idea if this is true, though given the number of economics blogs I know are out there and the general lack of interest in blogs that I've seen from academics as a group, I can certainly believe it. But what I find interesting/frustrating about the economics blogosphere is that it seems that the vast majority of econ blogs are macro-oriented (i.e., they talk primarily about fiscal and monetary policy, 'the economy', growth, etc.). There are some obvious exceptions, such as Freakonomics and Marginal Revolution. And I wonder whether those blogs are so popular because they focus more on the micro principles that lead economists to claim that 'economics is everywhere' (of course, I'm sure it doesn't hurt that the primary authors of these blogs have also written popular books - Tim Harford's Undercover Economist is another micro-oriented favorite). I just can't figure out why there aren't more like them, particularly given that among economists working in academia, there are certainly more microeconomists than macro. Of course, I certainly haven't explored every econ blog out there but I recently discovered the list of economics blogs at the AcademicBlogs wiki so as I make my way through that list, I'll try to post about any interesting micro-oriented blogs I came across...

2 comments:

  1. There are some I-O related blogs, although they tend to be law-heavY
    Oligoipoly Watch
    http://www.oligopolywatch.com/

    Against Monopoly
    http://www.againstmonopoly.org/

    And some game-theoretic ones:
    CoreEcon
    http://economics.com.au/

    And some management-oriented ones:
    Organizations and Markets:
    http://organizationsandmarkets.com/

    Management Research and Development
    http://managementrandd.blogspot.com/

    Those are the ones I have bookmarked at home; I think I have more at work.

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  2. I've seen a couple of these linked at other economists' blogs as well and will have to check them out. Thanks!

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