Today marks the relaunch of the Econ Point of View! Let’s recommit to understanding price theory and the economic point of view.
I am reviving this blog as a way to work through new ideas, either for my own research or how I explain topics to students. Because my interests have changed more and more to economic theory, that will be the main focus.
I had been debating blogging again but kept pushing it off because of other commits and my sense that #Econtwitter partly filled the role of a blog: a place to throw out ideas and discuss them. I’ve increasingly found Twitter was not a place to work through ideas, especially early ones or controversial ones.
Tyler Cowen’s post has been in the back of my mind for a year. Rereading it finally put me over the edge. His advice on how to stay weird: “Blog rather than tweet. Stay off Twitter altogether.” Well I want to stay weird. So here we go.
There has also been some renewed interest in blog-like writing which has been great to see. I’m even in on the Substack action with Economic Forces, co-written with Josh Hendrickson. Subscribe to that here. It’s not just newsletters: it’s been great to see the introduction of things like Works in Progress, which is a fascinating online magazine “dedicated to sharing novel ideas and stories of progress”.
I’ve also discovered some older blogs that are still going strong after years that I have loved to read, such as Antitrust Digest by Pedro Caro de Sousa and Truth on the Market. They have been a signal that the medium is still viable for communicating ideas.
P.S. Over the past year, I’ve redesigned the site to be fast and minimalist. Hopefully, it is a format to last for years to come. But I wasn’t able to do a simple import of my old posts. My old posts will slowly be re-added as I fix broken links and figure out which ones are not ridiculously dated.