Economists on the Internet

 "I say, my good friend Reverend Malthus, if you would give me your web address, I should like to expound on the principle of comparative advantage as a basis for free trade. I think you would agree that we really need not worry about those gluts that you keep talking about. Yours, David Ricardo."



David Ricardo (1772-1823)


Thomas R. Malthus (1766-1834)

  Economics has benefitted significantly from technological innovation. Before universities developed academic programs in economics, issues of economic theory and policy were debated in the form of books and personal correspondance. Perhaps the best example is the debate between Thomas Malthus (1766-1834) and David Ricardo (1772-1823) over whether England should maintain its policy of protectionism in international trade following the end of the Napoleonic wars in 1814, a debate that Ricardo won ultimately with his exposition of the principle of comparative advantage, and which was instrumental in England's repeal of the Corn Laws in 1834 . Debates among economists on other issues have followed ever since, but the technology of communication has brought substantial changes in the ways in which they have been addressed.

As university chairs and departments of economics were established, economists founded economic journals to foster a process of peer review even as academic book publishing continued to flourish. What now has accelerated this process even further is the growth of computer technology, and more importantly for the future, the rise of the internet as a means of communication. We now are witnessing the rise of electronic journals in economics, internet data sources, as well as the growth in internet sites by academic publishers and individual economists. The list below of individual economists on the internet is but a small sample of what promises to be a more efficient means of communication than anything seen thus far.

 Individual Economist Internet Sites

General Guides 

American Economic Association Membership Directory (U. Texas at Austin)

Economists with Web Pages

International Directory of Finance and Economic Professionals (Anderson School, UCLA)

J. Bradford De Long's Economists Home Pages

Philippe Aghion

Yacine Ait-Sahalia

Alberto F. Alesina

Takeshi Amemiya

Masahiko Aoki

Kenneth Arrow

Robert Barro

Ernst R. Berndt

Jagdish Bhagwati

Gary S. Becker

Barbara Bergmann

Ben Bernanke

Rebecca Blank

Alan Blinder

Lawrence Blume

Michael Boskin

Jon M. Conrad

Angus Deaton

Rudiger Dornbusch

Roger Farmer

Martin Feldstein

Nancy Folbre

Robert H. Frank

Milton Friedman

Gene Grossman

Robert Hall

John R. Harris

Bengt Holmstrom

Paul Joskow

Ravi Kanbur

Alan Krueger

Anne O. Krueger

Paul Krugman

Oldrich Kyn

Arthur Laffer

Glenn C. Loury

Robert E.B. Lucas

N. Gregory Mankiw

Daniel L. McFadden

Ronald I. McKinnon

Paul Milgrom

Maurice Obstfeld

Edmund S. Phelps

Robert S. Pindyck

Debraj Ray

Uwe Reinhardt

Dani Rodrik

Paul Romer

Stephen A. Ross

Nouriel Roubini

Ariel Rubinstein

Jeffrey Sachs

Xavier Sala-I-Martin

Thomas Sargent

Suzanne Scotchmer

Andrei Shleifer

Richard Schmalensee

Amartya Sen

Karl Shell

Robert J. Shiller

Robert Solow

Joseph Stiglitz

John B. Taylor

Lester Thurow

Hal R. Varian

Robert Willig

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