Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Kauffman Economic Survey of Top Econ Bloggers

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.), Feb. 2, 2010 -- In the inaugural Kauffman Economic Outlook: A Quarterly Survey of Top Economics Bloggers, the Kauffman Foundation sent invitations to more than 200 top economics bloggers, most of whom were on the Palgrave's December 2009 rankings. The Foundation will be surveying the bloggers about their views of the economy, entrepreneurship and innovation every quarter to provide a new gauge for the nation's fiscal health.

"As independent thinkers who are immersed in discourse through the innovation of blogging, these economics writers have a unique voice and perspective, and potentially profound influence," said Tim Kane, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and author of the study. "While they individually express themselves virtually every day, we think their collective voice needs to be heard."

MP: Results from the second quarterly Kauffman Economic Outlook will be published tomorrow, and it will include a question that I suggested as a supplementary item for the current survey: "Globally, how serious are each of these issues over the next ten years?" More than 70 bloggers responded to the question, and the results appear in the graph above. As might be expected, the number one issue of concern to the economic bloggers is "fiscal deficits/crises," a serious pending problem clearly illustrated by this chart below from Veronique de Rugy (and these are the projected deficits just from Social Security and Medicare).

As also might be expected, with a looming budget crisis being considered such a serious problem (followed by war and unemployment), the issue of "income inequality" is the issue of least concern to the bloggers. I'll link to the full report tomorrow.


At 5/05/2010 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fiscal deficits/crises"?

Have I just one thing to say, "lock box".

At 5/05/2010 10:07 AM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

A Quibble with the list: "Protectionism" is a term that is old-time last century in contrast to "Foreign Trade Issues". Advanced economies are more and more defined by intellectual property products such as pharmaceuticals and software. Protectionism such as tariffs are minor compared to the deliberate lack of a system to enforce intellectual property rights in a competing economy.

At 5/05/2010 11:52 AM, Blogger T J Sawyer said...

I dearly love these 70 year projections!

Suppose someone in 1940 had charted out the SS expense for the next 70 years as a percent of GDP. What would the 2000-2010 period have looked like? Would they have thought to include the impact of increased longevity?

At 5/05/2010 2:19 PM, Anonymous Stella said...

I agree with Prof. Perry wholeheartedly and wish to add that if all the liberals went back to school and finished college (or even got an AS degree) there would be NO "Demorat" party. From what I have seen, the only reason they are in existence is that they talk the talk and the 65% of the US population who have not finished the 10th grade are easily fooled. Even when Pelosi bought herself a jet with our taxes, literally the minute she got into office and other Democrats doing likewise, they STILL do not see theft, misappropriation of government funds or that the word "lobbying" is only a fancy word for "bribery"! I do not remember who said "Ignorance is bliss" but it may be so for the ignorant but it is us, the ones who worked hard all our lives, to give our children an example, who in the eyes of socialism and Demorats, should pay for the lazy, the criminals, etc. Terrible! I am just so happy to see a mind like Prof. Perry's!

At 5/05/2010 2:20 PM, Anonymous Stella said...

Bravo Prof. Perry!

At 5/05/2010 2:55 PM, Blogger juandos said...

How many of those listed in the Kauffman posting are Keynesian types?

I count at least four I think...

Am I wrong?

From Traffic ratings from April 4, 2010 - by average daily pageviews

Note where Carpe Diem falls in at:
Carpe Diem comes in @ 15 OUT OF 167 LISTED!

Is that outstanding or what?!?!

At 5/05/2010 3:39 PM, Blogger KO said...

I'd like the same survey to be given to UN economists and economists who advise politicians or are counted as "leading" economists by politicians.


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