Saturday, January 14, 2012
Intellectual goodies on the Internet -- two sets of economics posts
Will McLean has a wide and serious interest in late medieval society, especially that of 14th and 15th century England. Currently he is interested in how English noble households worked, and is investigating them through their preserved account books. A number of people I know, and perhaps more readers whom I don't know, may find his explorations worth reading. This looks like a good place to start; from there you might follow the "Economics" tag, backward and forward.
The very validity of the academic tradition(s) of economic thought is being debated, by economists most of all. If at this point you are curious about what university students are actually being taught in introductory economics classes, then you might want to wander over to Brad DeLong's blog and follow the "Econ 1" postings starting, say, here. Brad DeLong (who teaches at Berkeley) is a prominent controversialist and critic of much of what has happened in the United States in the last 10 years, so he is not a neutral voice. He has a lot to say on a lot of subjects, and if you follow him you will be exposed to a lot of material, including the arguments of people he disagrees with. Some of this will be economic arguments that I find rather opaque, but others will be of wider relevance.
Image: loafing -- and working -- around the old manse.