The new

Some big news: has, overnight, become a finance and economics

blog. If you haven’t been here before, welcome – and if you’re a regular

reader, I promise I Stefan will

set up a page very soon which excludes the finance and economics stuff.

For the past few months, I’ve had a blog at

called Economonitor – but I’m sad to say that Economonitor died on Friday,

February 2. I had a lot of fun writing it, however, so I’m going to continue

along the same lines here at

There will be some differences, of course – for one thing, I won’t be

ending almost every post with a deep link into the RGE Monitor site. I’ll also

be writing occasionally about the stuff which I always used to write

occasionally about at, on subjects like urban design and orchestral

music. As for other changes, well, I’d like to ask your help and advice on that

front. Is there anything about Economonitor that you particularly liked or disliked?

Is there anything I didn’t do there which I should do here?

Specifically, I’d like to get the tone right. Was there too much snark, or

not enough, at Economonitor? Was there too much criticism of financial journalism?

Did you like the long, arcane posts on CPDOs

or Ecuador’s principal

reinstatement clause – or were they far too recondite for a general

audience? Let me know in the comments here, or via email.

Thanks, and thanks for reading!

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26 Responses to The new

  1. Lance Knobel says:

    Will we ever learn more? To this (admittedly non-paying) reader, Economonitor was the best thing on RGE.

    You lost me occasionally with the Ecuadorian obsessions and some of the more abstruse byways of financial instruments, but Economonitor was instantly essential for me. I’m sure you’ll be equally valuable flying your own flag.

  2. Matt says:

    I know Nouriel must be annoyed at the strong employment numbers, but axing you isn’t going to make a useful dent.

    Actually it should be good, as the constant deep linking to subscription content was tiring at times. Good luck, I’ll be checking in daily.

  3. Matthew says:

    Ecuador’s principal reinstatement clause is a blog niche just waiting to be tapped.

  4. Ape Man says:

    Glad to hear that you are keeping the economic blogger thing going. I do have a gripe about your old site though (you did ask…)

    Every time I hit the back button on my browser it would take me to the top of your RGE site. This was a problem for me because of to factors: (A) I work overtime a lot of nights and I can’t always stay current on your site (B) you put up a huge number of post on your site on any given day. The end result of these two factors was that I had to re-scroll through a lot of your material every time I clicked on a post to read some comments. On the other hand, if I use the back button when reading the Marginal Revolution it takes right back to where I was last reading…..

    On this blog my back button does not work (using Firefox). Opera renders the site unreadable, and I refuse to use IE on religious principles. If you should ever get the time, all the ignorant hillbillies in your audience would appreciate it if you could set things up so that the back button works like it does on MR.

    Also, please keep the long, arcane posts on CPDOs and Ecuador’s principal reinstatement clause and other such stuff coming. If you don’t go over my head every now and again, I am going to stop coming.

  5. tbelcher says:

    You’re a good read; I’m sticking with you.

  6. HVH says:

    Anyone who attended public high school in Palo Alto and says inequality has gone too far is OK with me! Arcane stuff is good too. Keep on bloggin’!

  7. sk says:

    As much arcane stuff as you like – its all very very educational and I can research round it learn more when I don’t understand it so.. – as arcane as you care to make it.


  8. Tom says:

    Keep on blogging, I like the tone and tenor of what you write. Sure, it’s a little esoteric at times, but then it’s good to strain the axons occasionally.

    I wonder, did you get hacked off at writing thoughtful and articulate copy, only to get no comments? I was always amazed at the loonies who who commented in their 100s on Nouriel’s profit of doom stuff, which after about 3-4 reads got more than a little tedious.

    More on overseas development, global warming and pricing externalities, inequality and sure some music, art and architecture would be great too.

  9. Ryan says:

    Keep it coming, just like Economonitor. I like the short posts, interspersed with the longer, detailed posts (particularly the CPDOs).

    As long as there are enough small posts to keep me through the day, and a long one when I have the time to sit back and read it through, you have the right mix.

  10. Guambat Stew says:

    I’m sure I’ll stay regular with you. I like your transnational perpsective; it’s good to train the Saxons occasionally. Yeah you get a bit far-flung at times, but that is A Good Thing. Like going to the gym and finding muscles you didn’t know you had: painful but gainful.

  11. Andy says:

    Please do keep blogging! I am always impressed by the interesting things you dig up — and keep up the recondite focus. A little snark is also always fun.

  12. Bupa says:

    RGE tried to double the price of my institution’s subscription. We announced we would suspend our subscrition rather than pay up. Some compromise was eventually agreed. I hope none of this cost you your job!

    Obviously your sister is a lot smarter than you are. But she refuse to tell the world what we should do about global warming. She just presents the facts of her research and relies on idiots running the US administration to design policies to save the world.

    While you are not as smart as your sister, you might prove yourself more useful than she in saving the world from climate change. You have a smart but ignorant audience. Don’t forget to nudge them in the right direction. Good luck to you on this front.

  13. Lord says:

    Never too much snark!

  14. Rhian says:

    Bupa’s spot on about you saving the planet.. more about climate change, and the economics and politics surrounding it. Your sister might have skills at measuring obscure molecules, but your obscure talent at analysis can help give us a new perspective on the way forward. Maybe Salmon Siblings combined could contribute towards the science and society combo that we really need to grapple with this issue.

  15. Nichelle says:

    Great to see you back! If you have any economic or finance content that will be relevant to small business owners, then I will link to you.

  16. Franz says:

    Economonitor is still alive though, innit? (as of today Feb. 28th, 2007)

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