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A field guide to economics and finance blogs

December 7, 2008
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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

http://www.ritholtz.com

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

blogs.cfr.org/setser

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.

Calculated Risk

calculatedrisk.blogspot.com

The collected posts of mortgage insider Doris "Tanta" Dungey are available, along with cutting commentary on the collapse of the housing market.

Credit Slips

www.creditslips.org/creditslips

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.

Economist's View

economistsview.typepad.com

University of Oregon's Mark Thoma is thoughtful and wide-ranging. An excellent place to begin.

Freakonomics

freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com

Intellectually omnivorous, specializing in counterintuitive looks at behavior; run by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, who coauthored the book of the same name.

Marginal Revolution

www.marginalrevolution.com

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.

Naked Capitalism

www.nakedcapitalism.com

Run by Yves Smith, a financial industry insider who combines biting sarcasm with extensive commentary on the crisis.

Nouriel Roubini's Global Econo-Monitor

www.rgemonitor.com/blog/roubini

Roubini, an economist at NYU famous for predicting much of the current crisis, offers up grim assessments of the financial system.

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