Two new econoblogs started last month. One is by Mike Ward at the University of Texas: Unintended Consequences. The subtitle, 'research findings from economics that you may not have expected' explains the aim. Mike elaborates in his first post:
The goal of this blog is to try to disseminate interesting research findings from economics that may be counter intuitive. Most of these will be summarizing findings by other researchers. Others will represent work I, and my colleagues are working on. And some will be my musings on what economic theory predicts is likely to happen due to a policy proposal or news item. I will try to go beyond the direct effects of the topic under investigation and look and the secondary, and likely unintended, effects.
And that's what he has done, with daily posts covering a wide range of fascinating topics.
The other new blog is by Megan McArdle, and hosted by The Atlantic magazine. Megan used to blog at The Economists's Free Exchange. And her alter ego Jane Galt is one of the very first econobloggers, with her Asymmetrical Information blog going way back. The 'About' section says:
Megan McArdle was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and yes, she does enjoy her lattes, as well as the occasional extra dry skim milk cappuccino. Her checkered work history includes three start-ups, four years as a technology project manager for a boutique consulting firm, a summer as an associate at an investment bank, and a year spent as sort of an executive copy girl for one of the disaster recovery firms at Ground Zero . . . all before the age of thirty.
She may or may not have been the first major economics blogger, depending on whether we are allowed to throw outlying variables such as Brad Delong out of the set. From there it was but a few steps down the slippery slope to freelance journalism.
...Megan holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. After a lifetime as a New Yorker, she now resides in northwest Washington DC, where she is still trying to figure out what one does with an apartment larger than 400 square feet.
Megan's postings on her new blog are both prolific and provocative. I hope she's enjoying life in Washington.