OTHER PLACES

Links to other sites I find interesting

Paul Krugman

For my money, Krugman is the greatest economist alive today, and historically, he's right up there with John Maynard Keynes and Adam Smith.  I guess some other people think he's pretty good, too, because he got the Nobel prize in 2009.  Plus, he writes lots of stuff non-economists can understand.

Krugman has been writing columns for the New York Times for many years, and I think I've read every one.  They largely deal with American economic and political issues.  These columns are available at:

Paul Krugman - New York Times.

Krugman also has a blog called "The Conscience of a Liberal".  Some of the entries are a bit cryptic.  Some require thought and perhaps a fair level of economics knowledge.  (He marks these as "wonkish").  Some seem to be trying out ideas which later appear in more polished form in the columns.  It's often very informative, too, and very often updated.  I have a hard time imagining how the guy can write so much well-researched stuff, and still have time to be a university  professor.  There is a link to the blog from the above site.

I've also read several of Krugman's books.  The most recent is "The return of Depression Economics and the crisis of 2008".  Very informative. 

Before that, there was "Conscience of a Liberal".  Don't let the title put you off.  This is a very important book, about the fall of inequality between rich and poor in the U.S. during the 1930's and 40's, and its more recent rise.  He attributes the more equal America of the 1950's and 60's to government policy, and the rise over the last few decades to the erosion of those policies.  This is quite relevant to Canada, too, where similar, but not identical shifts have occurred.

An earlier book, "the Great Unraveling", is a collection of New York Times columns from the early reign of George Bush II.  Krugman was an early opponent of Bush's policies.



Haroon Siddiqui

Siddiqui writes in the Toronto Star.  Columns are available at

Haroon Sidiqui - Toronto Star.

These are often very informative and contain information about the Muslim world you won't find elsewhere if, like me, you're limited to the English language.

With so much hate propaganda around from so many sides, we need more voices like this.




Carol Goar

Another voice of reason at the Toronto Star.  Goar writes mostly about Canadian public policy.

Carol Goar - Toronto Star




Gwynne Dyre

Good international affairs analysis.  Dyre usually makes sense to me and is a good source of information.  Occasionally, he writes about economic issues, and then he usually doesn't make sense as far as I am concerned.

Gwynne Dyre



Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

I find many of the things here interesting, although there is some that is less well thought out.  It is good that someone is out there trying to balance the rubbish from places like the Fraser Institute.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

(You can guess who gets more big bucks - these guys or the Fraser Institute.)



The Progressive Economics Forum

Often informative.  Could sometimes be hard to understand for non-economists.

Progressive Economics Forum



Worthwhile Canadian Initiative

Some Canadian economists throwing ideas around.  Often hard to understand, but sometimes worth the effort.

Worthwhile Canadian Initiative