The economics blogosphere, as listed in several lists of “top blogs” is remarkably monochromatic, and male.
If one types in the words “top economics blogs” into Google, one gets several lists:
I would’ve liked to do a tabulation and present a formal breakdown. However, the day job prevents me from devoting too much time; nonetheless, a cursory examination/count yields the following (unsurprising) insights: (1) minorities are under-represented in the typical list, and (2) females are under-represented — in both cases relative to the general population. I suspect also relative to the population of economists (defined as those who have an economics/public policy degree, or publish on the subject). (A count is hard to do partly because some blogs have many contributors, so my characterizations focus on blogs with 5 or fewer main contributors).
If I look at the Intelligent Economist list, of the 25 blogs in macro+micro, there’s only one woman, and only 1/2 asians (well, 1/2 minorities, total) — and that’s me! Now, academic and policy macro (ex.-open economy macro) has historically been pretty male/white, but this ratio seems (even taking into account small sample issues) a little out of whack.
My rough count for Focus Economics’ list of all 101 blogs (general, macro, financial, etc.) is something on the order of 5 minorities and 4.5 females (I’m dropping Bruegel, OECD, etc., which are many-authored portals).
For me, the interesting question is not why this under-representation occurs (although that surely is of interest, and I have theories), but rather how the composition of bloggers tends to affect the types of debates that occur, and the assumptions that are made and taken for granted as appropriate.
For instance, are minorities and women less sanguine about the ability of prices to clear markets ridden by asymmetric information? Do immigrants view domestic labor and migrant labor more as complements than substitutes?
Some things to ponder as you read through your go-to blogs.