These are tremulous times for the economy, one minute we’re experiencing the worst recession ever known to man, then we’re seeing the fleeting glimmers over recovery, next there’s the fear of inflation and waiting with bated breath for a Canadian called Carney to reveal his ‘forward guidance.’
Those of us with a smidgen of curiosity about how vast economies work, how they can crumble and be restored – are being treated to quite a show. It’s truly fascinating - if you can remove yourself and forget that it’s your savings being mauled by interest rates.
One of the best places to keep abreast of the multifarious opinions whizzing about our base rate, the purchasing managers index, GDP and everything in between is Twitter. You’ll be surprised how much insight economists can pack into 140 characters.
With that in mind, here is a list of economists MT thinks you should follow.
1. Andrew Sentence - @asentance
As a former member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (which makes Big Money Decisions about quantitative easing and interest rates), Sentance should have a good grasp of what’s going on economically. As an added bonus he’s also a rock musician so you can probably get some recommendations for your iPod too. It was Sentence who broke the news of the economic anthem, ‘Fiscal Cliff’ – rock on.
2. Jonathan Portes - @jdportes
If you like your opinions Keynesian and your arguments heated, Portes is a good guy to follow. He’s the head of think tank the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and he seems to enjoy lengthy debates/scraps on Twitter.
3. Andrew Lilico - @Andrew Lilico
Right-wing economist Lilico is managing director of consultancy Europe Economics. Among other things he’s an expert on the impact of financial regulation. He describes himself as a Whiggish Conservative.
4. Danny Blanchflower - @D_Blanchflower
Another ex-MPC member, Blanchflower is a leading labour economist with an intense dislike for George Osborne. No surprise there. His tweets mainly contain his opinions and insights into economics but he does also enjoy a good fishing trip, photos of which are often posted for his followers’ enjoyment.
5. Chris Dillow - @CJFDillow
Dillow describes himself as ‘Economist, Marxist, cook, bluegrass guitarist’. We happen to know he spent eight years as an economist at one of Japan’s biggest banks and also writes an influential economics blog called Stumbling and Mumbling.
6. Matthew Sinclair - @mjhsinclair
As chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, you can imagine Sinclair tweets a lot about how much he loves tax (insert sarcastic tone). Predictably his latest vexation is stamp duty. Sometimes he does wander off topic, ‘I hate the American thing of calling # a "pound sign". Pounds are money. Our money.’ Take that!
7. Sam Bowman - @s8mb
Bowman is research director at libertarian think tank the Adam Smith Institute. Tweets along the lines of, ‘I like Dawkins partially for the same reason I like Osborne: most people's reasons for disliking him are ridiculous and stupid.’
8. Diane Coyle - @diane1859
Freelance economist and former advisor to the UK Treasury, Diane’s twitter feed is full of economic and business book reviews – mostly from her blog – The Enlightened Economist. She’s married to the BBC’s technology editor Rory Cellan-Jones.
9. Faisal Islam - @faisalislam
You’ll probably recognise the economics editor of Channel 4 News. He says his head is in London and his heart is in Manchester - although his digits seem to be pressing Tweet quite a lot.
10. Ros Atmann - @rosaltman
She’s a former advisor to the UK Treasury and the PM, and declares on her profile she ‘says it how it is.’ Well, it goes a little something like this: ‘How much more evidence do we need that UK economy is growing? Responsible policymakers wd think ahead & not keep rates so low,’ ‘Monetary policy has lagged effects - didn't we learn that before this crisis? Making same mistakes again!’ Not a fan of Carney then….
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