Brad De Long thinks very highly of Greg Ip, even when Brad thinks Greg gets something wrong. Brad thinks Greg is very sharp. So do I. But the other reason why Greg Ip is such a good economic journalist is that he was thoroughly trained in both Journalism and Economics. And I'm very proud to say that he was trained in both right here at Carleton University. (Since I'm blogging on Carleton time, I might as well give Carleton some advertising, especially when it's well-deserved.)
But the data I have (warning: DataCubes is a very powerful tool, but it takes practice to figure it out) make for depressing reading. Greg is very much the exception. Very few Journalism students at Carleton study any economics.