Sunday, December 07, 2008

Inside The Influential New World of Econobloggers: First Economic Crisis Hashed Out in Public View

BOSTON GLOBE -- Though it's still unclear how much credit the blogs can take for shaping Washington's response to the crisis, it's already evident that policy makers charged with monitoring and fixing the markets are no longer operating alone. A fast-moving, highly informed economics blogosphere now tracks and critiques their every move. The result is that this may be the first national crisis to be hashed out by experts in full public view.

The blogs offer a rolling crash course in economics as authoritative as any textbook, but far more accessible. It's a conversation that's simultaneously esoteric and irreverent, combining technical discussions of liquidity traps and yield curves with profane putdowns and heckling headlines. In the process, the bloggers have helped to democratize policy making, throwing open the doors on the messy business of everything from declaring a recession to structuring the most expensive government bailout in history.

2 Comments:

At 12/08/2008 7:03 AM, Blogger 1 said...

Hmmm, this Globe article seemingly extolls the virtues of econ bloggers (except for Tyler Cowen) that are seemingly slightly left of Karl Marx...

I guess that shouldn't be a suprise all things considered...

 
At 12/08/2008 9:43 AM, Anonymous George said...

All of this public discourse by economists doesn't seem to have enlightened congress or the old or the new administrations. It seems that we're heading straight for a repeat of the New Deal. One would have hoped that some of the pro-free market arguments would have gotten some traction. Instead, intervention seems to be the panic word of this period in history.

 

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