Why this blog really is worthwhile

October 29, 2011

This blog may actually be worth the web page it is electronically printed on. A paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (not Dean Baker’s shop but the other CEPR, in London) discussed here at VoxEU by University of Bologna economist Paolo Manasse, finds that, at least for American economic thinkers, blogging yields high returns — even from an economists’ strictly utilitarian, efficiency-maximizing perspective.

In the U.S. the blogs of individual economists, often academics, significantly increase the visibility of scientific papers, the reputation of the authors, and affect the readers’ opinions – three good reasons to ‘waste’ time blogging.

Why then, Manasse wonders, have Italian economists not taken the lead of their American counterparts and started their own blogs? He thinks it has something to do with lower economic literacy and a less individualistic culture. Yet the urgency of economic matters in Italy and a strong presence of Italian journalists and economic pundits on Twitter suggests there is room for the emergence of more Italian economics blogs.

Perhaps there is only one way to find out: Manasse needs to start his own. It might be well worth his while.


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Hello, thanks for the suggestion. Indeed, I have started my Blog about three years ago, it’s called “Back-the-envelope-Economics” and can be found here:

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