Most popular posts of 2012

It’s that time again. The most popular posts on this blog are somewhat surprising – who would have thought the character and methodology of economics was such a draw? The top 10 of 2012 were:

1. A macroeconomist tells me off – read, presumably, by the tribes of Paul Krugman admirers, as many of them took the time to tell me off again in their comments

2. The Enlightened Economist Prize – won by Ariel Rubinstein’s Economic Fables

Economic Fables

3. Tribes of economists – about the divisions in the profession

4. The assumptions economists make – a review of the book of the same title by Jonathan Schlefer

Assumptions Economists Make

5. Oh no, not happiness again – one of my rants against targeting ‘happiness’, required all-too-frequently

6. Unicorns, Higgs Bosons and macroeconomics – a write-up of an international symposium on the state of macro

7. Teaching humans to be economists – a trailer for the conference I organised in early 2012 on the teaching of economics, whose papers are collected in What’s The Use of Economics

What’s the Use of Economics?: Teaching the Dismal Science After the Crisis

8. Romantic nihilism – more on the anti-growth, ‘happiness’ bandwagon, linked to my book The Economics of Enough

The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters

9. A mess beyond fixing? – a review of Robert Peston’s book How Do We Fix This Mess?

How Do We Fix This Mess?: The Economic Price of Having it All, and the Route to Lasting Prosperity

10. American plutocracy – the evidence – linked to Martin Gilens’ book, Affluence & Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America

Affluence and Influence: Economic Inequality and Political Power in America (Russell Sage Foundation Copub)