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Economics: Blogs, Podcasts & Other Resources

A select list of Economics resources that are available from the Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College.


Suggested blogs, podcasts and resources for furthering understanding of topics related to economics.


Calculated Risk

Concise summaries of key economic data and developments by Bill McBride. is a blog aggregator for Economics research hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Greg Mankiw's Blog

Random Observations for Students of Economics by the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Mainly Macro

Written by Simon Wren-Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford. This blog is written for both economists and non-economists, and covers macroeconomics but also other economic issues, political economy, the media and politics.

Marginal Revolution

Marginal Revolution is the blog of Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, both of whom teach at George Mason University. MR began in August of 2003 and there have been new posts daily since that time. In numerous reviews and ratings over the years Marginal Revolution has consistently been ranked as the best or one of the best economic blogs on the web, but it is more (and less) than that, also representing the quirks of its authors.


Richard Layard on Happiness Economics

For economist Richard Layard, happiness lies at the heart of any successful society. His work advocates for the theory that happiness is the real measure of national success and our governments should focus on the well-being of their societies, rather than wealth alone.

Layard defines happiness economics using three key principles: how the state of a nation is evaluated based on happiness; that we should make happiness a priority in our everyday lives and produce the largest amount of happiness in the world that we can; and that the government should aim to produce the greatest happiness in people, with particular attention to preventing misery.

Freakonomics Radio

Discover the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) — from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything, plus the true stories of minimum wage, rent control, and the gender pay gap. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers.

FT Alphaville

The Financial Times Alphaville is a weekly brief on business and economics. It includes guests who offer a broad view of the global markets and financial news.

IMF Podcasts

International Monetary Fund economists discuss key financial policy and global economic markets.

Mad Hat Economics

A podcast discussing different behavioral anomalies related to economics, marketing, psychology, public policy, consumer preference and food science. Hosted by Cornell University graduate students.

Planet Money: The Economy Explained

Seeks to find creative, entertaining ways to make sense of the big, complicated forces that move our economy.

Other Resources

Wall Street Mojo

WallStreetMojo is a source for finance, accounting, and investment-related information. It offers free tutorial videos on many different finance topics and a guide to the principles of economics and its core concepts