The Top 10 Economists on Twitter

Twitter’s top 10 economists (11 November 2010) @CMEGroup Chicago Mercantile Exchange 764,000 followers @NYTimesKrugman Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate & columnist 466,000 followers @andrewrsorkin Andrew Ross Sorkin, NYT Dealbook 317,000 followers @freakonomics The...

A sense of fair play does pay

I recently had the dubious pleasure of having to deal with someone who is successful and indeed popular, and yet a stubborn, selfish bully when he thinks nobody is looking. It moved me to speculate on an old question: do nice guys finish first, or last? No doubt whole...

Stimulating debate

Should the government hire people to bury banknotes down disused mine shafts, thus stimulating the private sector to dig them up again? Keynes argued that there were circumstances in which even government spending as wasteful as this could be economically worthwhile,...

Happiness rethink

For many years the received wisdom in economics has been much the same as that in Buddhism: money doesn’t make you happy (see, for instance, “The Seven Secrets of a Happy Life”, FT Weekend Magazine, August 28/29). I should probably modify my statement though....

Age comes before austerity

It’s official: George Osborne is Gordon Brown’s mirror-world doppelgänger. Where his forerunner as chancellor offered vast spending sprees, crafted for political effect, Mr Osborne deals out equally vast cuts, with the same close attention to party political...

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