Working Paper: The Impact of Economics Blogs


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The working paper on "The Impact of Economics Blogs" can now be downloaded here. If you'd like to play with the data or replicate our results, here are the data and the (Stata) dofiles.

Thanks to your comments, emails, tweets, and links to your own blogs, we have revised the paper. First, we have now systematically covered the top 50 economics blogs and include in our dataset all of those that linked to a paper in RePEc. As a result, we now report impact findings for Overcoming Bias and Baseline Scenario as well -- two very popular economics blogs.

Second, we added a section regarding influence on policy, which is largely based on the feedback we received from you. We'd like to hear what you think.

Finally, in the concluding section, we speculate that there may be an undersupply of good economics blogs. This is based on the evidence we present on the positive externalities of blogs and the costs to blogging. We can certainly think of at least a few economists that we'd like to read on a regular basis - and not just in an academic journal.


Berk Ozler

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

David McKenzie

Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

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David Albrecht
September 06, 2011

In the first paragraph of your paper, you reference work by Dunleavy and Gibson (2011). However, your EOP list of references does not include this work. Can you proovide the citation?

Berk Özler
September 06, 2011

Oops -- thanks for bringing this to our attention. It is a presentation that can be found at the following website:

It's at the bottom under Session D.



Tim Worstall
September 21, 2011

When you first mentioned this a while back I said that my blog had led to a policy ......I've now got a link for you which explains the story.

In short, I blog about how maternity leave contributes to the gender pay gap. This argument convinces political party member, who then proposes as party policy transferable paternity/maternity leave. Grinds through the party policy system and is now on the legislative list of the government to do.

I would add, very strongly, that there's nothing original about my observation nor really about the potential solution. It's been implemented elsewhere after all.

But it does meet your criteria, that we can track a policy change from blog post to government.

Now the only problem is that I'm not actually an economist so we can't use this as an example of an economist's blog changing policy......(I'm an enthusiastic amateur but not a credentialled economist).

David Albrecht
October 16, 2011

I've been blogging on financial reporting (mostly) and the auditing model for three years. I've not been published very much in peer reviewed journals, especially for the past ten years. This September, I was named to the Acocunting Today Top 100 MOst Influential People in Accounting. I'm the third academic accountant to make the list. It is all due to my blog and my writing subject: IFRS.

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