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Macro Blog Bleg: What Should I (and my Students!) Be Reading?

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I teach our principles and intermediate macro courses at Samford, and when Google Reader shut down I (like many, I suspect) let my RSS feeds die with it. It's time for that to change. What are your favorite macro blogs? Who should I (and my students) follow on Twitter?

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Roark writes:

Regarding Google Reader, I have personally found to be the best substitute. In fact, it's how I initially read your post. :)

As far as economics blogs (sometimes macro-related), I recommend:

1. John Cochrane (
2. Greg Mankiw (
3. Scott Sumner (
4. Brad DeLong (
5. Mark Thoma (

For more wide-ranging topics that are also sometimes macro-relevant:

1. Washington Post's Wonkblog (
2. AEIdeas (

D.W.B. writes:

Some of my favorites are Learn Liberty, FEE, and Mercatus.


David (D.W.B.)

Ben Kennedy writes:

A few more from my feedly page:

Don Boudreaux and Russ Roberts -
Robert Murphy -
Steven Landsburg -
Arnold Kling -

For what it's worth, feedly is a pretty good RSS aggregator

Brian Albrecht writes:

1. John Cochrane is without a doubt the best macro/finance blog.
2. Paul Krugman if you are willing to expose them to his political posts.
3. Mainly Macro which I just started reading, but enjoy.
4. John Taylor and Scott Sumner for monetary policy side of macro.
5. Free Banking although banking is a micro topic, this blog addresses macro issues (obviously you know this).

P.S. I use Feedly. It is good and getting better since Reader died.

Andrew_FL writes:

@Brian Albrecht-Regarding banking being a micro topic, that's sort of true sort of not, since where the issue of banking intersects with the issue of central banks and therefore monetary policy, it can be said to be a macro issue, no?

Well, I can't think of any blogs I'd recommend that someone else hasn't already recommended, so I guess I haven't got any suggestions. Sorry. I do second a lot of Ben and Brian's suggestions, though.

Callum McPherson writes:

Scott Sumner is a must. For something different, I really enjoy Chris Dillow's blog stumblingandmumbling. A VERY atypical Marxist perspective. I think you would find yourselves in agreement more than you might expect.

Martin writes:

"and when Google Reader shut down I (like many, I suspect) let my RSS feeds die with it."

If you are looking for something similar to Google Reader, I switched to "", it's basically a free copy of Google Reader.

I really like Mark Thoma's blog: He aggregates a lot of the interesting reading so you can click through instead of having 100+ unread posts on your Reader.

I second the other recommendations here except for DeLong and Krugman. Krugman because Thoma already links to his most interesting posts and DeLong because he is needlessly combative and distorts his opponents arguments or fails to give them a charitable interpretation when possible. There are a lot of people a lot smarter than him or better published or both whom he trashes as if they are total idiots. And even if they are not, it is a terribly counterproductive way of trying to convince others of your point of view.

Peter writes:

I use Feedly as well - a perfectly fine substitute for Google Reader.

Most of the econ blogs I read are listed above.

Jacob A. Geller writes:

I use InoReader and it is fantastic. The only drawback is that there's no mobile app for it.

Here are some good blogs, not all of them are primarily about macro, but they do all spend at least some non-trivial amount of time on macro-related issues:

Marginal Revolution
Matt Yglesias
Paul Krugman
Scott Sumner
Miles Kimball
Evan Soltas
Greg Mankiw
John Cochrane
Matthew O'Brien
Noah Smith
Simon Wren-Lewis
John Taylor
Carola Binder
Various blogs at (Free Exchange, Buttonwood, etc.)
EconBrowser (James Hamilton & Menzie Chinn)
Brad Delong and Mark Thoma, however they re-blog way too much for my tastes

...and finally definitely include; I'm sure you'll find things there that I left out here.

Those are a lot of blogs but for Macro I think that's a balanced list, I mean politically and intellectually and also in terms of topics covered.

Jacob A. Geller writes:

PS I forgot Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, among others...

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