A field guide to economics and finance blogs
THE FOLLOWING LIST only begins to scratch the surface of the econo-blogosphere; all of the following blogs have extensive links, so can be a jumping-off point for readers interested in looking further.
The Big Picture
A must-visit for stock market watchers, but equally good at deciphering (and dismantling) government and private-sector statistics.
Brad Setser's Follow the Money
Wonkish and smart, operated by an economist at the Council on Foreign Relations. Need to know more about China's subsidization of American borrowing? Look no further.
The collected posts of mortgage insider Doris "Tanta" Dungey are available, along with cutting commentary on the collapse of the housing market.
Seven academics blog on "all things about credit and bankruptcy." Covers an impressive range of issues: not only plain vanilla Chapter 11, but derivatives, capital requirements, and the fate of GM.
University of Oregon's Mark Thoma is thoughtful and wide-ranging. An excellent place to begin.
Intellectually omnivorous, specializing in counterintuitive looks at behavior; run by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, who coauthored the book of the same name.
Popular blog operated by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two libertarian economists at George Mason University. Posts on economics mingle with an idiosyncratic mix of ruminations on art, literature, and culture.
Run by Yves Smith, a financial industry insider who combines biting sarcasm with extensive commentary on the crisis.
Nouriel Roubini's Global Econo-Monitor
Roubini, an economist at NYU famous for predicting much of the current crisis, offers up grim assessments of the financial system.