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1. French
2. Education
3. PhD

1. Canadian
2. Programmer
3. MA Econ

1. Canadian
2. Student of Engineering
3. No economics background
4. Explanations of some basic concepts would be nice. Providing links to explanations of basic concepts would be just as nice.

1. First generation Canadian, second generation immigrant.
2. Unemployed.
3. One post-secondary economics course. Light reading online.

I come here because Maclean's directs me to read selected posts.

1. Canadian
2. Lawyer in the securities business
3. ABD'ed out of a PHD Econ program in US after finishing my comps
4. Keep it coming. Most interested in the following:

- comparisons of Canada vs. other G8 countries
- unpacking Canadian monetary policy (what is going on, why are they doing it, what will happen next, what you think they're right/wrong)
- publicly undressing dumb ideas by Canadian politicians (and I suppose praising what they're doing right)
- publicly undressing dumb coverage by Canadian media (and highlighting those reporters who consistent give good coverage)
- tax policy in Canada
- reflections on what a economics-credible well thought out NDP economic policy might look like (some of the posts on income taxes vs. commodity taxes, and analogies to Nordic countries were quite interesting)
- commentary on debates in the US blogosphere (e.g. Krugman vs. Mankiw frequently seem to indirectly have a go at each other, sometimes on topics where a Canadian perspective might be interesting)

1. Canadian
2. Graduate student
3. PhD (in progress, 4th year)
4. A great blog! Economics.... Canadian... what more does one need?

1. Canadian
2. Government (policy analyst)
3. MA public administration, some intermediate economics
4. Like the blog a lot. Some of the more wonkish theory posts are not my personal cup of tea, but you're a mainstay on my RSS reader. Would be happy to see more posts on social welfare policy (e.g., EI, housing) and ditto on Phil's last two bullets

Thanks!

1. Canadian

2. Analyst/Business Officer (Government)

3. 1 course (4 if you'll count political economy), a few books

1. Irish (Canadian Perm. Res.)
2. IT Systems Administrator, Private Sector
3. A few econ courses on the way to a B.Sc. (Chemistry)

1. Canadian
2. computer programmer
3. No economics education, but have been educating myself by reading economists' blogs
4. Thanks a lot for writing this blog. I can find a lot of material about the economic situation in the US, but there's not much that is specific to Canada. I really appreciate finding the Canadian content.

4.4. Any other comments or suggestions about the blog?

Der...I'm too stoopid to reed it.

1.Canadian (Alberta)
2. Health Sector
3. A couple of course 25 years ago with my BA in poli sci.

Canadian (Ontario). Programming. Read a few economics books.

1 Canadian
2 government/research
3 taken a couple undergrad economics courses and econo-based courses during phd
4 the blog is great, esp. the willingness of both authors to engage questions etc.....one thing that would be nice is more highlighting where the two of you disagree on particular issues as a means of seeing where perspectives differ between the two of you and more generally in the field.

1. Canadian
2. Private sector (analyst)
3. A number of econ books, intro economics in university, other internet sources
4. Maybe some analysis of sacred cows in Canada that don't get addressed very much (anymore, at least).

1. Russian
2. YorkU student.
3. Just from what I read.
4. More newbie-friendly explanation of the terms ;)

1. Canadian.

2. Internet marketing and real estate investor.

3. BSc Science, took a couple courses in economics.

4. Just keep doing what you're doing.

1. Canadian
2. Returning to school this fall to do an MA at NIPSA
3. Political Science with a minor in Econ. I discovered this blog through Nick's postings on DeLong's blog and others.

1. Canadian
2. Asst. Professor, Engineering
3. Eng. grad course, now teaching Eng. Economics so couple of books.
4. Really like the Canadian specific perspective which is generally lacking in most econ blog coverage. Echo calls to keep unpacking and undressing ideas. Appreciate also seeing "stream of consciousness" exploration posts, its refreshing to read something that isn't a pure argument for a position but reflects the "thinking path" and isn't ashamed to highlight the open questions.

Vladimir: "2. Returning to school this fall to do an MA at NIPSA"

Should be NPSIA? Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (at Carleton, in the Faculty of Public Affairs, same as my faculty).

1. UK resident, Canadian citizen
2. Higher Education
3. Undergraduate-level courses

1. Canadian
2. Student
3. Working towards degree in econ

1. Canadian
2. Student undergrad, bio/cmpsci
3. Books

1. American
2. Professor/monetary crank
3. PhD economics
4. No suggestions, love the blog

Canadian
Programmer
Some econ courses / math major
No suggestions

1. Brazilian
2. Investment Banker
3. Master's Degree
4. One of the top of my RSS list. Would like to stress I like the wonkish posts and especially the one in which CBs of a diff world would set the price of gold instead of rates...

1. Canadian.
2. Brokerage Industry - off doing child care right now.
3. I have read a fair amount on the subject - with a tendency toward less theoretical and more 'market/trade' related literature. I enjoy the usual blogs: econobrowser, brad setser, interfluidity, krugman, mankiw etc.
4. Would like to do a Math_Econ degree at Carleton.

Nick are you available for guidance counseling? ;)

1. Canadian
2. Financial Industry
3. A few courses and books
4. Would love to see a historical chart of Canadian public and private debt / gdp levels that stretches back at least to the 20's so that we can judge the size of the Canadian (yes, aggregate) debt load vs. the Great Depression and the general trend. I think Stephen promised me something along those lines once :) I've seen charts of this for Japan, Australia and the U.S. (all via Steve Keen, e.g.) but would love to see similar for other countries, in particular Canada, of course.

Also, I could be wrong here but most economists seem to think that the cure to the depression was government deficits rather than reduction in overall debt levels (see here for an example I just saw a few minutes ago, but they never seem to explain why - is there a commonly understood answer to this question? (hey, you asked for feedback :)

At any rate, even if you decide that you don't do requests, I do enjoy the blog, particularly when it aggravates me.

Chris Spicer: Yes. Email me. NickunderscoreRoweatCarletondotca.

Chris: be careful though. This is what happened to the guy who went through Carleton's Maths and Economics program back when I was last undergraduate supervisor: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lones/cv.pdf

1. U.S. (New York)
2. Software Engineer
3. Stuff I've read at online blogs, politics/econ discussion lists at work.
4. I'd appreciate if some acronyms were spelled out once/post or at least once in a while to help jog my memory when I'm unable to look stuff up due to being underground (on subway), where I do most of my reading. (Also, thanks for putting entire post contents in your RSS feeds for easy reading on subway :)

Canadian law student. Took introductory undergraduate econ courses at Carleton (Professor Rowe spoke at my orientation) and econ policy courses at York.

1. US (Colorado/Nebraska)
2. Private - Finance, Freelance Writing
3. BA Econ, but have pretty much immersed myself in the world of economics since high school, with a specific emphasis on monetary and behavioral economics.
4. I don't really like making requests of blogs...creative authorship is the spice of my blogroll =].

1. Canadian (British Columbian)
2. Journalist for summer, economics masters student in the fall
3. BA
4. I started following this blog because I thought it would be a good way to keep up to date on Canadian economic current events, and to develop my understanding of macroeconomics (I just finished my undergrad in econ, and have a much better grasp of micro than macro). However, I usually read blogs at the end of the day when I'm tired. I find many of the posts on this blog too technical and long to wrap my head around without investing considerable time and effort. I'd prefer more concise posts that are a little lighter on the theory so it requires less effort to understand.

1. Canadian living in the UK.
2. Fund manager.
3. Phd, econ.
4. don't change a thing.

1. Spaniard
2. Accountant/part-time professor of economics
3. Master Econ. Student
4. Like your blog a lot

May I make you a question, prof. Rowe? Were you born in Canada? I heard you speak in the video you posted here and it seemed to me that your accent were not canadian. Maybe I am mistaken.

1. British
2. Commercial (I run a software and economics consultancy, and write a related blog)
3. No formal economics background beyond a year in high school - undergraduate degree is maths and physics. Have consumed lots of economics books, seminars, blogs and journal articles. Considering an economics PhD and would be interested in thoughts from other readers.
4. This is one of the blogs I most look forward to. I especially like Nick's intellectual style which is very compatible with how I think about problems (I guess I acquired this modelling approach either from reading Krugman or from designing software, which are surprisingly congruent activities). I think the content is about the right level for me - always gives me a lot to think about and often a really interesting puzzle to solve as I work through the argument. Stephen's posts tend to actually be about Canada, which is not a direct interest of mine, but each to his own, eh?

I have a few questions of my own if I may:
1. What are your goals in writing the blog? Are you achieving them?
2. How much time does it take? Is it something that you see as an intrinsic part of your academic role and are you (and your department) happy with the opportunity cost of that time? I notice quite a few academic bloggers start their blogs during a sabbatical or other time off.
3. How many readers do you have? Is that an important measure of success for you or are there others?

1.Japanese
2.salaryman in private sector
3.Just what I learned from books and blogs
4.Maybe some graphs and diagrams could help in understanding when discussing theoretical things. And describing ideas in relation to orthodoxy such as Keynes may also help (Well, that's why I keep quoting Keynes in my comments :).

1. Irish, live in Dublin.
2. Retired, do a bit of freelance work when the opportunity arises. Worked in banking and corporate treasury 1971-2001, with a break in the 1980s when I went back to college full-time.
3. Masters in economics from UCD. I am mostly interested in the history of macro – Keynes and Hicks especially – and where it all went wrong.
4. I like the blog. As a rule I only comment on statements I disagree with. I hope that doesn’t make me appear too disputatious.

1. Proudly Canadian
2. Financial management in utility
3. MBA (Finance/Economics dual major)
4. Keep up the good work (especially the criticism of Neil Reynolds columns in the G&M!)

1. Canadian
2. Law Student
3. Have a minor
4. Keep up the great work!

1. Canadian
2. Technical writer
3. MA, Econ + finance diploma

  1. Canadian
  2. College ESL teacher
  3. BA (financial & economic studies)
  4. I read every post and have been doing so for over a year. You both strike me as honest in laying out where you come from, examining opposing ideas, not pretending to know everything, and admitting when you're wrong. Nick's musings regularly assume more knowledge than I have. Stephen's graphs usually speak for themselves, but occasionally they seem to only mumble in my direction.

AGC: I was born in England, and came to Canada after completing my BA, in order to do an MA economics. Liked it here, and stayed.

Leigh:
1. I'm not sure what my goals are in blogging. Mainly selfish. It interests me. It's a great way to be engaged in the economics conversation.
2. I worry about the time I spend (a lot). Here are my thoughts on the academic value of blogging: http://worthwhile.typepad.com/worthwhile_canadian_initi/2009/02/economics-blogging-and-academia.html . My department and university seem to approve, but (understandably) don't seem to have formulated a position on how much time it's OK to spend doing this, and how much it counts.
3. I don't know how many readers we have. Stephen has some stats on page views, I think.

1. Australian
2. Government
3. MSc (Econ)
4. For an Australian, a Canadian perspective on macro policy issues is a refreshing break from the huge amount of US-focussed blogging (as good as a lot of this is). As well, certainly at present the Canadian experience has a lot of parallels with Australia. Keep up the great posts. Cheers

1. Canadian
2. Private sector
3. PhD in the sciences, no formal economics training
4. One of my favourite blogs on the Web, I think the mix of real-life examples vs theory is excellent

1. Canadian
2. Computer Science, Private Industry
3. Nothing substantial
4. n/a

1. American although my mother was Canadian and I'd move to Victoria if I could
2. BA Philosophy/Linguistics Grad. School no degree Philosophy I ran a bookstore for 25 years Now retired Writing novels and blogging
3. I've read lots of econ, but mostly twenty years ago. For a while, I worked on a book on Vol. 2 of Capital, and another one focusing on Marx and Jevons. I read Keynes, Jevons, Mills, logical works, before I read their economics works. At one point, I had a library of well over 1000 econ books. The first econ books I read were in high school: Samuelson and Heilbroner's Worldly Philosophers. I tend to see econ as Heilbroner presented it in that book. I have to admit that I prefer reading older economists. I really need help understanding the current theories, and your blog helps me in that.
4. I comment on blogs that I enjoy to show my support, not because I have any expertise. I read blogs to learn, and I learn a great deal from your blog. The fact that you go to such trouble to be clear, examine issues at their roots, throw out ideas even if you're not sure about them, and, importantly, try and respond to comments even if they're not presented in scholarly form, makes this blog about as good as it gets. Finally, I want to encourage non-experts to comment, since they can often add to the discussion.

1. Italian, working in the US.

2. Researcher in a large corporate research laboratory.

3. PhD in Operations Research. Many courses in micro theory and financial mathematics. Completely illiterate in macro, which makes me an easy target.

4. I enjoy longer posts. So WCI is good for me.

1. Canadian
2. I.T. (Hardware/Software Support)
3. No Econ Background, simply an interest in personal finance.

1. Albertan ;)
2. Graphic design/equity research
3. BA econ
4. I like all the posts that talk about the microfoundations of money. What it is, why it is or isn't different, how it has value etc. Keep up the good work!

1) Canadian, live in the US
2) Physicist, research at a respected university
3) No formal econ background. Have read an inordinate number of blog posts and wikipedia articles about basic econ concepts. I feel like I now have enough of a grounding to reasonably speak the language.
4) No comments other than to keep up the good work.

I should note that by "no formal econ background" I am leaving out the 3 (fairly) advanced courses in mathematical finance that I have taken.

1. Canadian
2. Reinsurance
3. Undergrad business degree and CFA - read 10 or so econ/finance blogs regularly and listen to Russ Roberts every week (learned more from Russ and the blogosphere than all other eductaion combined, by a mile)
4. I think that you guys have a great thing going here and I would hesitate to introduce a new posting category (like beginner topics) that is already treated well elsewhere. There's already quite a lot of repetition in the blogosphere. For example, Simon Johnson's The Baseline Scenario has a great beginners posting series. Maybe you could have a slightly richer links section that directs people to useful sites and your explanation as to why you think it's worthwhile.

I love the high level of this blog. Very educational (see #3).

Thanks!

1. Canadian, living in the United States
2. PhD student, second year
3. Some undergrad (mainstream econ) and some graduate (political economy, mainly heterodox)

1. Dutch
2. Central bank
3. MA

1. Canadian. Vancouver.
2. Academic.
3. Undergrad. Some graduate work.

1. Canadian
2. Student
3. Working on my BA in Econ
4. I like to see Canadian economics distinguished from that of the rest of the world, especially the US (not that you guys don't do this). Our cultures are so intertwined that many common Canadians think that what's going on down south is what is happening up here, thanks to our consumption of American news. It often isn't true.

1. French in France
2. Software / Private sector
3. Few courses in economics during my engineering training / read lots of econ paper (and econ blogs)
4. If you have some time, comment on http://fatknowledge.blogspot.com/2009/01/misleading-nature-of-unemployment.html

And/Or comment on the following piece of data:

From OECD normalized numbers for 2007 (latest available):

* men aged 25-54

employment divided by population
France: 88.3% (hence 11.7% jobless)
USA: 87.5% (hence 12.5% jobless)

normalized unemployment rate
France: 6.3%
USA: 3.7%

So with a slightly higher relative working population in this age/sex group France has ... a 70% higher unemployment rate than the USA.

* women aged 25-54

E/P
FR 76.1
USA 72.5

unemployment
FR 7.7
USA 3.8

So here we have clearly more women working in France (3.6 percentage point) relative to their population but unemployment is 102% higher in France!

* question

Any paper studying this discrepancy in OECD normalized numbers? For male 25-54 there's no real reason not to work, so what are all those USA men doing?

US (South Carolina)

Education.

Ph.D. Economics

I like the monetary theory.

1. Canadian
2. Not-for-profit (International Development)
3. BA Econ
4. Really enjoy reading your posts! Certainly one of my favourite blogs along with Krugman, Naked Capitalism and Calculated Risk.

Canadian
Accountant
A few courses at college
General interest in economic theory

1. Canadian
2. Business professor
3. A couple of courses during my Master's (another PhD in Operations Research here!)
4. I enjoy the relaxed tone of the blog, and the civilized nature of the comments.

1. Canadian/UK citizen now resident in US.
2. Corporate finance consultant.
3. SM in Management plus a few economics department graduate courses.
4. Find your blog very interesting, especially Nick Rowe's posts. Thanks for the effort you put into it!

"So here we have clearly more women working in France (3.6 percentage point) relative to their population but unemployment is 102% higher in France!

* question

Any paper studying this discrepancy in OECD normalized numbers? For male 25-54 there's no real reason not to work, so what are all those USA men doing?"

It's strange that the original blog post to which you link focuses so heavily on employment population ratios for 25-54. When you instead focus on the more usual (for the US) definition of employment population ratio (ages 16+) a quite different story emerges.

ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/ForeignLabor/lfcompendiumt05.txt

2007 annual data (last available)

Both sexes, 16+ employment-civilian population ratio

France 51.8
US 63.0
Canada 64.2

Now, take a look at

http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DatasetCode=LFS_SEXAGE_I_R

For the OECD standard stat (15-64) for both sexes, 2008

France 64.6
US 70.9
Canada 73.7

So, where do the big differences come in? Well, both sexes 15-19:

France 11.5
US 32.6
Canada 47.2

Okay, you might say, but who wants to be working at 18? What about true young workers (20-24)?

France 52.2
US 66.8
Canada 71.6

Hmmm. And since tertiary educational attainment in France is lower than in the US or Canada you can't really assign this difference to young people at university. And finally, the big one. 55-64:

France 38.2
US 62.1
Canada 57.5

So, at a guess, I'd say that the higher French unemployment rate largely comes from younger workers who have much more difficulty finding a job in France, while there are also large numbers of (likely) voluntarily retired people who are in the highest (for the US and Canada) years of their earning potential (this doesn't contribute to unemployment, but does go to explaining the difference between the 25-54 numbers and the more inclusive numbers)

American, scientist/not working, read a few books and many blogs. They are probably like me, would like to work at something they are passionate about but can only find meaningless drudgery or would have to move somewhere they don't want to live. Highest earning potential means too expensive to employ and most desirous of offshoring. Also it means high earning careers with short lives. Burn bright, burn short.

1. Canadian
2. University teaching
3. Ph.D. in Econ.
4. I enjoy this blog. It helps to remain up to date about latest Canadian economy. Interesting analyses by Stephen and Nick.

MattM "It's strange that the original blog post to which you link focuses so heavily on employment population ratios for 25-54. "

As stated I'm focusing on this category because (at least for male) there's no social reason for people in this category not to work, hence optimal E/P is likely near 100%, very simple.

16-24 might want to study instead of working, so economically optimal E/P is clearly not 100%.

For 55 and above depending on retirement policies desired E/P will also not be 100%: why work if the law says you can retire at 60 and have the money to do so?

So nothing strange in this choice if one want to study comparable E/P and unemployment where a clear optimal value exist for E/P.

Now, you diverted the discussion but provided no clue about why in this (quite significant, in fact including most workers) category where optimal E/P is likely 100% we are observing such a wide discrepancy between E/P and unemployment.

But you're right it also casts a serious doubt on unemployment measured on other categories, but that's not my first target for discussion.

"Now, you diverted the discussion but provided no clue about why in this (quite significant, in fact including most workers) category where optimal E/P is likely 100% we are observing such a wide discrepancy between E/P and unemployment."

I didn't divert the discussion at all. I provided what appears to be the major reason for the higher French unemployment rate despite a higher employment population ratio among 25-54 year olds; namely a significantly higher unemployment rate among French youth (who are, as I previously stated LESS likely to be in tertiary education than their North American colleagues).

And as far as 25-54 year old men are concerned, you simply stated without any real justification that the "ideal" E/P ratio is 100%, and that any deviation from this is due entirely to some economic failure. While some people in that age group are obviously discouraged workers, it's far from obvious to me that differing social circumstances might not lead to slightly higher rates of willful unemployment in this demographic group in the US, say, compared to France. A higher rate of postgraduate/professional education, for example, would do it.

At any rate, I'm not going to be continuing this discussion any further here, since I don't want to further distract from the original point of the blog post which was the reader survey. I simply wanted to point out that concentrating on the 25-54 cohort in order to discuss unemployment is a bit myopic, as a significant part of the unemployment rate derives from younger workers.

1. Canuck
2. Journalist who covers this stuff for a network newscast and national wire service
3. Undergrad in History, bailed on double major in economics/history because the math did me in when I hit intermediate macro and intermediate micro (loved the theory) though. Great blog.

1. Canadian (un autre maudit en QC).
2. Researcher in university.
3. Ph.D. in another field... did take Eco 101.

Am interested in getting more opinions on the housing market and whether we will have a big decline such as that being experienced south of the border.

1. Canadian
2. Currently unemployed, former strategy consultant and lawyer
3. MBA (Michigan) and B.Comm. (Concordia)

Canadian
Economics Prof
PhD

1. Canadian
2. Accounting student, currently working in corporate asset management (private).
3. Extensive online reading. I'll have to take introductory econ in the next year or so for my degree.
4. The bulk of your writing is very good. From time to time you get into a technical discussion that requires substantially more econ background than what I've got.

1. Canadian

2. Private Sector Economist

3. MA Econ

4. Don't change a thing!

1. Canadian
2. Civil engineer
3. B.A. in economics
4. I started reading a lot of economic blogs when the wheels started to fall off the global economy in the summer of 2007. By about 6 months ago I realised that the situation in many parts of Canada (for ex. Montreal where I live) is very different from the situation in parts of the world where major media tend to be located (California, New York, London). I wanted a more Canadian perspective and found this site.

Brazilian, dropped out of an MA after taking every econometrics class I could take, currently employed in a consulting firm doing various kinds of econometrics, some system dynamics and generally strutting around as an energy analyst.

1. Canadian

2. Compensation Analyst (government)

3. B.A. History

No courses in Economics, but have discovered in my 40s that I'm a bit of a stats nerd. I read the blog as a supplement/corrective to what I hear/read in the news. It's also interesting to see what we do well as a country, what we can do better, and to be directed to sources I might not find otherwise.

1. Malaysian
2. Financial industry
3. BSc(Econ) and M(Econ)
4. Love what you're doing, keep it up!

1. Canadian in Canada.

2. Housewife.

3. None. I don't remember how I came to read this blog but I'm idly curious enough to continue.

MattM, ah sorry, I think you misread the statistic I used: I do not compare 25-54 E/P and "whole population" unemployment, but with also 25-54 unemployment. Hence the puzzle is contained in a well defined part of the population. Now many people are using "whole population" E/P implying higher is better but for example for 16-24 E/P of 100% is obviously not optimal because we want people to study, so optimal E/P for this population is not "higher is better" hence the "whole population" E/P "higher is better" is just plain wrong. This was to point out why I'm focusing on a particular part of the population where we have certain properties we loose if we include other parts of the population.

1. Canadian
2. Hedge fund executive
3. BA Econ, MBA (finance/ecomomics running themes throughout)
4. Like - posts that debunk/debate conventional wisdoms, what an economics analysis tells us with respect to how we might deliver public policy (health care, education, etc...)

MattM " namely a significantly higher unemployment rate among French youth"

On this particular point a careful analysis as usual shows that headline numbers can be misleading, here Dean Baker of CEPR:

http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/employment-regulation-and-french-unemployment-were-the-french-students-right-after-all/

"""The fact is that the incidence of unemployment in the total youth population is about the
same in the two countries. As the table shows, for male youth the unemployment-to-
population rate is 8.3 percent in the United States and 8.6 percent in France. The
unemployment-to-population rate for female youth is lower in both countries: 7.4 percent
in France and 6.5 percent in the United States.3 The dramatic difference between France
and U.S. is not the relatively large numbers of youth who are unemployed in France, but
the relatively small number of employed French youth, especially students. Using the
proper yardstick – relative to the youth population - the magnitude of the youth
unemployment problem in France is almost indistinguishable from the situation in the
United States.
"""

1. Canadian (but that doesn't mean my primary interest is domestic policy)

2. independent telecom policy/regulatory consultant

3. B. Comm (mostly finance and economics) & MA economics

4. Primary interest from a blog-reading perspective is monetary & international finance - both Canada and US (but perhaps mostly US) - most particularly the interplay between use of information, expectations, policy and real factors.

1. Canadian
2. Banking - Trading
3. MA Econ, CFA
4. Best Canadian Blog

1. Canadian British
2. Derivatives desk
3. MSc Economics

1. Canadian
2. VP Finance, Private Sector
3. A few of the basic university courses while focusing on accounting. If I can find a good distance education school for economics, I might go back and get a second masters in it.

1. Canadian, but went to college in the States and have been in the States for 15 years.
2. Management consultant
3. Have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, but took some econ classes in undergrad
4. This is a great blog. It's hard to get a Canadian perspective so this blog is much appreciated. I like the hardcore econ blogs since I learn a lot from them, but it would help if concepts and acronyms are explained for laymen.

1. Canadian.

2. Provincial policy analyst.

3. No formal education, just informed interest.

4. One of my half-dozen must-read feeds. I enjoy the level of detail and strong opinion.

1. Canadian

2. Regulatory agency / policy - legal

3. Law. Minimal economics background. Did an English Lit degree at Carleton, FWIW.

4. I like to see how other disciplines think, how policy choices are framed and thought through. Personal interest in economics developed seeing housing bubble inflate in the US and thinking WTF? this makes no sense. Then being able via economics blogs like Calculated Risk to put some concrete analysis around the general WTF sense I had. Also smug that my inexpert predictions about that market and the global implications of a bust were bang on -- seems inevitable now, but 4-5 years ago lotsa folks thought it really was different this time! Other than Roubini, Setser, Baker and Krugman, there wasn't a whole lot of warnings given by the mainstream economists about what seemed patently obvious to a complete neophyte like myself. Happy to see some analysis about Canadian economics.

1. Canadian
2. Financial Industry
3. MA Econ

1 - Canadian

2- Research scientist; gov't funded lab

3- Books; brother, brother in law; reading DeLong and Krugman and you.

4- I like the reality checks on politicians policy arguments. I like the discussions of how/why Canada is different than USA ( ie why infrastructure programs make less sense in Canada than USA.) Engagements with other public economists: ie DeLong, Krugman on center left; Barlett on right.

Thx


1.Canada(Toronto
2. Software developer (Financial Risk Management software)
3. Some basic training for work related topics.

1. Canadian
2. Private Sector Technology Industry Analyst
3. MBA Finance
4. Keep up the good work. Even if I can't understand the minutaie, there is enough there to get the gist.

1. Canadian

2. IT, InfoSec (InfoSec is more about econ than people realize) / Financial Institution

3. MBA (that would "a few courses" - micro, macro, finance), too much reading (liking Ormerod right now, though)

4. Like it better when you aren't too deep in the stats; it's much more accessible then.

Canadian, academic, economics PhD

1. Canadian Expat (US resident)
2. Epidemiologist
3. Background in economics limited to econometrics

Smart commentary from a Canadian perspective is great to read.

1. Portuguese and Portugal resident (moving soon into the US)
2. Central Bank/Univ
3. BA, MA in economics and going
4. The blog is great. I wouldn't change anything about its contents, but maybe just the layout to make it easier to read some of your lengthy posts.

1. US resident, Australian citizen
2. Academic. Biostatistics.
3. A few economics books and blogs

1) Canadian - first generation.
2) Vice-principal (High School)
3) Limited to your blog and some a couple other online resources
4) Appreciate Canadian perspective, clear writing and whenever you simplify a concept- thank you.

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