Top 150 Posts and All Columns on, Ranked by Popularity, as of December, 2016

This post is intended to provide ready access to all of my most important posts. To begin with, I list all of my columns and the top 150 other posts from my blog’s beginning on May 28, 2012 through July 31, 2016, after which Google Analytics for Tumblr quit working. (The next ranking will use different tools.) You can see my explanation of the rankings and other thoughts at the bottom of this post.

All Quartz Columns So Far, in Order of Popularity:

  1. There’s One Key Difference Between Kids Who Excel at Math and Those Who Don’t
  2. The Coming Transformation of Education: Degrees Won’t Matter Anymore, Skills Will
  3. The Hunger Games is Hardly Our Future: It’s Already Here
  4. The Complete Guide to Getting into an Economics PhD Program
  5. Why Thinking about China is the Key to a Free World
  6. The Case for Gay Marriage is Made in the Freedom of Religion
  7. How to Turn Every Child into a “Math Person”
  8. How Big is the Sexism Problem in Economics?
  9. After Crunching Reinhart and Rogoff’s Data, We Find No Evidence That High Debt Slows Growth
  10. The Swiss National Bank Means Business with Its Negative Rates
  11. The National Security Case for Raising the Gasoline Tax Right Now
  12. Will Narendra Modi’s Economic Reforms Put India on the Road to Being a Superpower?
  13. The Shakeup at the Minneapolis Fed and the Battle for the Soul of Macroeconomics
  14. How Increasing Retirement Saving Could Give America More Balanced Trade
  15. Human Grace: Gratitude is Not Simple Sentiment; It is the Motivation that Can Save the World
  16. Larry Summers Just Confirmed That He is Still a Heavyweight on Economic Policy
  17. An Economist’s Mea Culpa: I Relied on Reinhart and Rogoff
  18. Examining the Entrails: Is There Any Evidence for an Effect of Debt on Growth in the Reinhart and Rogoff Data?
  19. How to Avoid Another NASDAQ Meltdown: Slow Down Trading (to Only 20 Times Per Second)
  20. Odious Wealth: The Outrage is Not So Much Over Inequality but All the Dubious Ways the Rich Got Richer
  21. Benjamin Franklin’s Strategy to Make the US a Superpower Worked Once, Why Not Try It Again?
  22. America’s Big Monetary Policy Mistake: How Negative Interest Rates Could Have Stopped the Great Recession in Its Tracks
  23. Gather ‘round, Children, and Hear How to Heal a Wounded Economy
  24. Show Me the Money!
  25. QE or Not QE: Even Economists Needs Lessons In Quantitative Easing, Bernanke Style
  26. Don’t Believe Anyone Who Claims to Understand the Economics of Obamacare
  27. Swiss Pioneers! The Swiss as the Vanguard for Negative Interest Rates
  28. Radical Banking: The World Needs New Tools to Fight the Next Recession
  29. The Government and the Mob
  30. How Italy and the UK Can Stimulate Their Economies Without Further Damaging Their Credit Ratings
  31. Janet Yellen is Hardly a Dove: She Knows the US Economy Needs Some Unemployment
  32. Four More Years! The US Economy Needs a Third Term of Ben Bernanke
  33. Japan Should Be Trying Out a Next Generation Monetary Policy
  34. Why the US Needs Its Own Sovereign Wealth Fund
  35. One of the Biggest Threats to America’s Future Has the Easiest Fix
  36. Could the UK be the First Country to Adopt Electronic Money?
  37. Righting Rogoff on Japan’s Monetary Policy
  38. Optimal Monetary Policy: Could the Next Big Idea Come from the Blogosphere?
  39. Why You Should Care about Other People’s Children as Much as Your Own
  40. Get Real: Bob Shiller’s Nobel Should Help the World Improve Imperfect Financial Markets
  41. In Defense of Clay Christensen: Even the ‘Nicest Man Ever to Lecture’ at Harvard Can’t Innovate without Upsetting a Few People
  42. Actually, There Was Some Real Policy in Obama’s Speech
  43. Meet the Fed’s New Intellectual Powerhouse
  44. Read His Lips: Why Ben Bernanke Had to Set Firm Targets for the Economy
  45. More Muscle than QE3: With an Extra $2000 in their Pockets, Could Americans Restart the U.S. Economy?
  46. How Subordinating Paper Money to Electronic Money Can End Recessions and End Inflation
  47. That Baby Born in Bethlehem Should Inspire Society to Keep Redeeming Itself
  48. Three Big Questions for Larry Summers, Janet Yellen, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Head the Fed
  49. Judging the Nations: Wealth and Happiness Are Not Enough
  50. The Man in the Tank: It’s Time to Honor the Unsung Hero of Tiananmen Square
  51. Yes, There is an Alternative to Austerity Versus Spending: Reinvigorate America’s Nonprofits
  52. John Taylor is Wrong: The Fed is Not Causing Another Recession
  53. However Low Interest Rates Might Go, the IRS Will Never Act Like a Bank
  54. Why Austerity Budgets Won’t Save Your Economy
  55. Monetary Policy and Financial Stability
  56. Make No Mistake about the Taper—the Fed Wishes It Could Stimulate the Economy More
  57. Nationalists vs. Cosmopolitans: Social Scientists Need to Learn from Their Brexit Blunder
  58. Off the Rails: What the Heck is Happening to the US Economy? How to Get the Recovery Back on Track
  59. VAT: Help the Poor and Strengthen the Economy by Changing the Way the US Collects Tax
  60. Talk Ain’t Cheap: You Should Expect Overreaction When the Fed Makes a Mess of Explaining Its Plans
  61. Obama Could Really Help the US Economy by Pushing for More Legal Immigration
  62. Does Ben Bernanke Want to Replace GDP with a Happiness Index?
  63. How to Stabilize the Financial System and Make Money for US Taxpayers
  64. How the Electronic Deutsche Mark Can Save Europe
  65. Al Roth’s Nobel Prize is in Economics, but Doctors Can Thank Him, Too
  66. Italy Should Look to Ancient Rome to Reform Its Ineffective Senate
  67. Symbol Wanted: Maybe Europe’s Unity Doesn’t Rest on Its Currency. Joint Mission to Mars, Anyone?

Major Pieces First Appearing in Other Outlets (in Arbitrary Order)

Columns Rejected by Quartz Because of Their Topics

Top 150 Posts on

  1. John Stuart Mill’s Brief for Freedom of Speech 11,434
  2. How and Why to Eliminate the Zero Lower Bound: A Reader’s Guide  11,386
  3. Contra John Taylor 11,239
  4. Joshua Foer on Deliberate Practice   10,821
  5. Daniel Coyle on Deliberate Practice 10,614
  6. The Medium-Run Natural Interest Rate and the Long-Run Natural Interest Rate   10,375
  7. Shane Parrish on Deliberate Practice 9,966
  8. The Logarithmic Harmony of Percent Changes and Growth Rates   8,894
  9. The True Size of Africa, Revisited  8,827
  10. The Wall Street Journal’s Quality-Control Failure: Bret Stephens’s Misleading Use of Nominal Income in His Editorial 'Obama’s Envy Problem’   7,594
  11. Dr. Smith and the Asset Bubble 7,158
  12. Sticky Prices vs. Sticky Wages: A Debate Between Miles Kimball and Matthew Rognlie   7,126
  13. What is a Supply-Side Liberal?   6,730
  14. Monetary vs. Fiscal Policy: Expansionary Monetary Policy Does Not Raise the Budget Deficit 6,256
  15. Balance Sheet Monetary Policy: A Primer   5,932
  16. Why I Write 5,890
  17. On Master’s Programs in Economics 5,813
  18. Government Purchases vs. Government Spending 5,157
  19. Scott Adams’s Finest Hour: How to Tax the Rich 4,976
  20. Why Taxes are Bad 4,714
  21. William Graham Sumner: Social Darwinist 4,696
  22. Isaac Sorkin: Don’t Be Too Reassured by Small Short-Run Effects    of the Minimum Wage   4,669
  23. The Message of Mormonism for Atheists Who Want to Stay Atheists  4,485
  24. Heroes of Science Action Figures 4,021
  25. Noah Smith Joins My Debate with Paul Krugman: Debt, National Lines of Credit, and Politics 3,819
  26. Electronic Money: The Powerpoint File 3,797
  27. The Deep Magic of Money and the Deeper Magic of the Supply Side   3,717
  28. Noah Smith: God and SuperGod 3,488
  29. Two Types of Knowledge: Human Capital and Information   3,339
  30. The Path to Electronic Money as a Monetary System   3,207
  31. The Egocentric Illusion 3,102
  32. Noah Smith: Mom in Hell 3,047
  33. The Unavoidability of Faith 3,010
  34. Silvio Gesell’s Plan for Negative Nominal Interest Rates 2,985
  35. You Didn’t Build That: America Edition 2,840
  36. Trillions and Trillions: Getting Used to Balance Sheet Monetary Policy 2,788
  37. Can Taxes Raise GDP?   2,686
  38. Robert Shiller: Against the Efficient Markets Theory  2,643
  39. No Tax Increase Without Recompense 2,634
  40. The Mormon View of Jesus 2,626
  41. On the Great Recession 2,579
  42. How Conservative Mormon America Avoided the Fate of Conservative White America 2,574
  43. The Shape of Production: Charles Cobb’s and Paul Douglas’s Boon to Economics 2,519
  44. Teleotheism and the Purpose of Life 2,506
  45. Books on Economics 2,432
  46. Three Revolutions 2,384
  47. Getting the Biggest Bang for the Buck in Fiscal Policy 2,285
  48. International Finance: A Primer 2,225
  49. Discounting Government Projects 2,158
  50. A Minimalist Implementation of Electronic Money 2,155
  51. A Note for Graduate Students in Economics Looking for Ph.D. Dissertation Topics   2,108
  52. Why I am a Macroeconomist: Increasing Returns and Unemployment 2,093
  53. Noah Smith: You Are Already in the Afterlife 2,083
  54. Magic Ingredient 1: More K-12 School 2,068
  55. Three Goals for Ph.D. Courses in Economics 2,033
  56. So You Want to Save the World 2,011
  57. Nicholas Kristof: “Where Sweatshops are a Dream”   2,001
  58. Social Liberty 1,993
  59. Ben Bernanke on Why the Fed Has an Inflation Target of 2%   1,978
  60. Milton Friedman: Celebrating His 100th Birthday with Videos of Milton 1,901
  61. Is Taxing Capital OK?   1,881
  62. When the Government Says “You May Not Have a Job”   1,829
  63. Let the Wrong Come to Me, For They Will Make Me More Right   1,821
  64. Scrooge and the Ethical Case for Consumption Taxation 1,794
  65. Inequality Aversion Utility Functions: Would $1000 Mean More to a Poorer Family than $4000 to One Twice as Rich?   1,719
  66. Is Monetary Policy Thinking in Thrall to Wallace Neutrality?   1,702
  67. Jobs 1,674
  68. Kevin Hassett, Glenn Hubbard, Greg Mankiw and John Taylor Need to Answer This Post of Brad DeLong’s Point by Point 1,672
  69. Leveling Up: Making the Transition from Poor Country to Rich Country 1,614
  70.  Miles’s Linguistics Master’s Thesis: The Later Wittgenstein, Roman Jakobson and Charles Saunders Peirce 1,610
  71. Corporations are People, My Friend 1,587
  72. Rich, Poor and Middle-Class 1,577
  73. Henrik Jensen: Willem and the Negative Nominal Interest Rate   1,557
  74. Jonathan Meer and Jeremy West: Effects of the Minimum Wage on Employment Dynamics 1,552
  75. Mark Thoma: Laughing at the Laffer Curve   1,550
  76. Avoiding Fiscal Armageddon 1,495
  77. Noah Smith: Buddha Was Wrong About Desire 1,485
  78. For Sussing Out Whether Debt Affects Future Growth, the Key is Carefully Taking into Account Past Growth 1,467
  79. Noah Smith: Go Ahead and Believe in God 1,465
  80. Expansionist India 1,458
  81. Thoughts on Monetary and Fiscal Policy in the Wake of the Great Recession:’s First Month 1,415
  82. Helicopter Drops of Money Are Not the Answer 1,378
  83. Wallace Neutrality and Ricardian Neutrality 1,343
  84. Matt Rognlie on Misdiagnosis of Difficulties and the Fear of Looking Foolish as Barriers to Learning   1,343
  85. Bruce Greenwald: The Death of Manufacturing & the Global Deflation   1,198
  86. Miles Kimball and Brad DeLong Discuss Wallace Neutrality and Principles of Macroeconomics Textbooks 1,178
  87. 18 Misconceptions about Eliminating the Zero Lower Bound 1,176
  88. Noah Smith: Islam Needs To Separate Church and State 1,169
  89. The Flat Tax, The Head Tax and the Size of Government: A Tax Parable 1,146
  90. In Praise of Trolls 1,134
  91. John Stuart Mill’s Brief for Individuality 1,134
  92. Marvin Goodfriend on Electronic Money  1,129
  93. Anat Admati, Martin Hellwig and John Cochrane on Bank Capital Requirements   1,118
  94. Roger Farmer and Miles Kimball on the Value of Sovereign Wealth Funds for Economic Stabilization 1,101
  95.  The Neomonetarist Perspective 1,094
  96.  John Stuart Mill on Being Offended at Other People’s Opinions or Private Conduct  1,074
  97. Raj Chetty on Taxes and Redistribution 1,074
  98. The Wrong Side of Cobb-Douglas: Matt Rognlie’s Smackdown of Thomas Piketty Gains Traction 1,071
  99. Cathy O'Neil on Slow-Cooked Math 1,061
  100. The Arbitrage Pricing Theory as a Noise Trader Model 1,059
  101. Larry Summers: The Fed Looks Set to Make a Dangerous Mistake by Raising Rates this Year 1,051
  102. Cyborgian Immortality 1,046
  103. Health Economics 1,041
  104. Why My Retirement Savings Accounts are Currently 100% in the Stock Market 1,029
  105. Noah Smith: Why Do Americans Like Jews and Dislike Mormons?   1,029
  106. The Overton Window 1,014
  107. Robert Graboyes on Enabling Supply-Side Innovation in Health Care 999
  108. Michael Huemer’s Immigration Parable 994
  109. Cognitive Economics 977
  110. Greg Shill: Does the Fed Have the Legal Authority to Buy Equities?   957
  111. Will Mitt’s Mormonism Make Him a Supply-Side Liberal?   952
  112. Legal Notice Relating to Reproduction or Use of Content from, Superseding All Earlier Legal Notices on   952
  113. Facebook Convo on Women in Economics 949
  114. Preventing Recession-Fighting from Becoming a Political Football 947
  115. Future Heroes of Humanity and Heroes of Japan 944
  116. What to Do When the World Desperately Wants to Lend Us Money 934
  117. Miles’s April 9, 2006 Unitarian Universalist Sermon: “UU Visions”   929
  118. Evan Soltas: The Great Depression in Graphs 924
  119. Godless Religion 907
  120. Friends and Sparring Partners: The Skyline from My Corner of the Blogosphere 889
  121. A Year in the Life of a Supply-Side Liberal 884
  122. Jeff Smith: More on Getting into an Economics PhD Program  862
  123. The Euro and the Mark 860
  124. Mary O'Keeffe on Slow-Cooked Math 822
  125. What is a Partisan Nonpartisan Blog?   812
  126. John Stuart Mill’s Argument Against Political Correctness 812
  127. John Stuart Mill: The Paternalistic Temptation 810
  128. Bruce Bartlett on Careers in Economics and Related Fields 810
  129. John Stuart Mill: A Remedy for the One-Sidedness of the Human Mind 795
  130. How to Handle Worries about the Effect of Negative Interest Rates on Bank Profits with Two-Tiered Interest-on-Reserves Policies 790
  131. John Stuart Mill’s Vigorous Advocacy of Education Vouchers 780
  132. On the Future of the Economics Blogosphere 752
  133. A Supply-Side Liberal Joins the Pigou Club 750
  134. How the Idea that Intelligence is Genetic Distorted My Life–Even Though I Worked Hard Trying to Get Smarter Anyway 747
  135. From a Request for a Referee Report 745
  136. If a Central Bank Cuts All of Its Interest Rates, Including the Paper Currency Interest Rate, Negative Interest Rates are a Much Fiercer Animal 740
  137. 21 GIFs That Explain Mathematical Concepts | IFLScience (direct link to where my link post points)   733
  138. Principles of Macroeconomics Posts through September 3, 2012 728
  139. Laura Overdeck: Math for Pleasure 723
  140. What Do You Mean by “Supernatural”?   720
  141. Matt Strassler on Theoretical Physics 710
  142. Miles’s Best 7 “Save-the-World” Posts, as of July 7, 2012 708
  143. When Honest House Appraisers Tried to Save the World 708
  144. Higher Inflation Is Not the Answer 703
  145. Going Negative: The Virtual Fed Funds Rate Target 700
  146. Paul Romer on Charter Cities 693
  147. Marc F. Bellemare’s Story: “I’m Bad at Math”   693
  148. How Americans Spend Their Money and Time 688
  149. Responding to Joseph Stiglitz on Negative Interest Rates 685
  150. Glenn Ellison’s New Book: Hard Math for Elementary School   685

Most Important Aggregator Posts

Other Aggregator Posts

Monetary Policy Other Than Negative Interest Rates (most recent first)

  1. Pro Gauti Eggertsson
  2. Peter Conti-Brown on Marriner Eccles and the Refounding of the Fed
  3. Dominic Chu Interviews Miles Kimball for CNBC about the Need for the Fed to Reverse Course More Often
  4. On Making the Fed’s Governance Constitutional
  5. What Bond Risk Premia Mean for Monetary Policy
  6. Gauti Eggertsson and Miles Kimball: Quantitative Easing vs. Forward Guidance
  7. Luke Kawa: How Central Banks Gained More Control Over the World’s Major Currencies
  8. Why a Weaker Effect of Exchange Rates on Net Exports Doesn’t Weaken the Power of Monetary Policy
  9. Alex Rosenberg Interviews Miles Kimball on the Responsiveness of Monetary Policy to New Information
  10. Ben Bernanke on Trial
  11. Owen Nie: Maryland’s 1733 Monetary Helicopter Drop
  12. Owen Nie: Monetary Policy in Colonial New York, New Jersey and Delaware
  13. Owen Nie: Pre-Revolutionary Paper Money in Pennsylvania
  14. Owen Nie: Playing Card Currency in French Canada
  15. Paul Krugman Deconstructs Martin Feldstein's Critique of Quantitative Easing
  16. Jon Hilsenrath, Brian Blackstone and Lingling Wei on Monetary Policy: Low Rates and QE “Didn’t Cause the Hyperinflation or Obvious Asset Bubbles that Some Lawmakers and Critics Feared”
  17. Terry Pratchett: How High Interest Rates Hurt the Poor
  18. Jo Craven McGinty: Easy to Lose and Expensive to Produce: Is the Penny Worth It?
  19. Richard Serlin: In Theory (but Not in Practice) the Minnows Counter the Whale to Yield Wallace Neutrality
  20. Allan H. Meltzer: Don't Be Distracted by the Last 5+ Years--Massive Inflation is Coming
  21. Ezequiel Tortorelli: The Trouble with Argentina
  22. João Marcus Marinho Nunes on Japan’s Monetary Policy Experiment
  23. Paul Krugman: Things That Aren’t Bubbles
  24. 19th Century Populist and Monetary Dove Ignatius Donnelly
  25. Wallace Neutrality Roundup: QE May Work in Practice, But Can It Work in Theory?
  26. Miles and Mike Konczal vs. Peter Schiff on HuffPost Live: What is Inflation? How Does Monetary Policy Work? What Causes Financial Crises?
  27. Reaching for Yield: The Effects of Interest Rates on Risk-Taking
  28. Let’s Have an End to “End the Fed!”
  29. Ryan Avent on the Fed's Plans to Keep Rates Low Even After Recovery is Underway
  30. Pedro da Costa on Krugman’s Answer to My Question “Should the Fed Promise to Do the Wrong Thing in the Future to Have the Right Effect Now?”
  31. Michael Woodford Endorses Monetary Policy that Targets the Level of Nominal GDP
  32. The Euro and the Mark
  33. Should the Fed Promise to Do the Wrong Thing in the Future to Have the Right Effect Now?
  34. The Euro and the Mediterano
  35. Mike Konczal: What Constrains the Federal Reserve? An Interview with Joseph Gagnon
  36. The supplysideliberal Review of the FOMC Monetary Policy Statement: June 20th, 2012
  37. Is Monetary Policy Thinking in Thrall to Wallace Neutrality?

Miscellaneous Religion Posts (most recent first)

  1. The Consequences of Overly Strong Incentives: Wells Fargo, Baseball Baptisms, and Academic Advancement
  2. In Proportion to Our Capacity
  3. The K-12 Roots of Moral Relativism
  4. Christianity as Atheism Toward All Gods But One
  5. The Aluminum Rule
  6. Simple Obedience
  7. Christian Kimball: Anger [1], Marriage [2], and the Mormon Church [3]
  8. The Mormon Church Decides to Treat Gay Marriage as Rebellion on a Par with Polygamy
  9. Samantha Shelley: Why I'll Never Regret Being Mormon
  10. Debating the Morality of Immigration Restrictions
  11. Slavoj Zizek on the Psychological Insecurities of Terrorists
  12. Thomas Jefferson and Religious Freedom
  13. Rodney Stark’s Contrarian Assessment of the Crusades
  14. Clay Christensen: Religion as a Foundation of Democracy
  15. What If Jesus Was Really Resurrected? Musings of a Non-Supernaturalist
  16. Inside Mormonism: The Home Teachers Come Over
  17. The Teleotheistic Achievement of the New Testament
  18. John Erdevig and Kenji Yano: A Personal East/West Convergence and “The Nature God”
  19. Steven Landsburg: Physics or Faith?
  20. W. Keith Warner and Edward L. Kimball: Creative Stewardship
  21. John Erdevig on Head and Heart in “Saving” the Earth
  22. Robin Hanson: Dark Pain, Dark Joy
  23. Truth or Consequences
  24. Will Women Ever Get the Mormon Priesthood?
  25. Timothy Dolan: The Pope’s Case for Virtuous Capitalism
  26. The Wall Street Journal Sneers at Wiccan
  27. My Missionary Companion on the Reconstruction of Faith
  28. The Message of “Sal Tlay Ka Siti”
  29. Christian Kimball on the Fallibility of Mormon Leaders and on Gay Marriage
  30. Flexible Dogmatism: The Mormon Position on Infallibility
  31. How Like a God!
  32. Daniel Bergstresser on Religion, Past and Future
  33. How I Became Optimistic
  34. Self-Control as Inaction
  35. The Descent–and the Divine Calling–of the Modernists
  36. The Dark Side of the Human Spirit: Take 1
  37. What Do You Mean by “Supernatural”?
  38. Melvyn Bragg: Daoism
  39. What to Say to the God of Death
  40. Cyborgian Immortality
  41. Eliezer Yudkowsky: Evaporative Cooling of Group Beliefs
  42. Marcelo Gleiser: "Astrotheology: Do Gods Need to Be Supernatural?"
  43. The 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism
  44. Michael Quinn, Mormon Historian
  45. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Dirge Without Music”
  46. Rodney Stark on the Status of Women in Early Christianity
  47. Rodney Stark, the Rig Veda Hymn of Creation and the Cult of Bacchus
  48. Standing Firmly for Freedom of Speech within Mormonism
  49. A Book of Mormon Story Every Mormon Boy and Girl Knows
  50. The Matrix and Other Worlds: The Videos
  51. Will Mitt’s Mormonism Make Him a Supply-Side Liberal?
  52. Evolution: Faces of Our Ancestors

Inspirational Posts (most recent first)

  1. Proxima Centauri b
  2. The Equilibrium Paradox: Somebody Has to Do It
  3. Poverty of the Heart
  4. Jesus’ Upside-Down Kingdom
  5. Toward Freedom in Argentina and the Rest of the World
  6. The Storm and the Battle Ahead
  7. God in the Utility Function
  8. Stephen Strobbe’s 12 Life Lessons
  9. On Idealism Versus Cynicism
  10. Prioritization
  11. The Importance of the Next Generation: Thomas Jefferson Grokked It
  12. May the Best in the Human Spirit Vanquish the Worst in the Human Spirit
  13. So What If We Don’t Change at All … and Something Magical Just Happens?
  14. Learning to Do Deep Knee Bends Balanced on One Foot
  15. Lightbulbs & Corridors
  16. Michael Huemer on Moral Progress
  17. Lars Christensen: Beating the Iron Law of Public Choice
  18. Anat Admati’s Words of Encouragement for People Trying to Save the World from Another Devastating Financial Crisis
  19. Jessica Tozer: Boldly Going into a Future Where All Men and Women are Created Equal
  20. Tyler Cowen: The Egalitarian Tradition in Economics
  21. A Wish in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings
  22. Economists’ Learned Helplessness
  23. As I Faced the Fiscal Cliff, I Failed to Find Comfort in the Words of Winston Churchill
  24. Persuasion
  25. How to Find Your Comparative Advantage
  26. Daniel Dennett’s Spirituality
  27. The Litany Against Fear
  28. Milan Kundera on the Contribution of Novels to the Liberal Imagination
  29. The True Story of How Economics Got Its Nickname "The Dismal Science"

John Locke Posts (in chronological order)

  1. John Locke: Revolutions are Always Motivated by Misrule as Well as Procedural Violations
  2. John Locke Looks for a Better Way than Believing in the Divine Right of Kings or Power to the Strong
  3. John Locke on Legitimate Political Power
  4. On Consent Beginning from a Free and Equal Condition
  5. John Locke on the Equality of Humans
  6. The Religious Dimension of the Lockean Law of Nature
  7. Vigilantes in the State of Nature
  8. John Locke on Punishment
  9. John Locke: The Right to Enforce the Law of Nature Does Not Depend on Any Social Contract
  10. Reparation and Deterrence
  11. John Locke: Theft as the Little Murder

Law, Regulation and Policy (most recent first)

  1. On the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  2. Dan Benjamin, Ori Heffetz and Miles Kimball–Repairing Democracy: We Can’t All Get What We Want, But Can We Avoid Getting What Most of Us *Really* Don’t Want?
  3. Gwynn Guilford: The Epic Battle Between Clinton and Trump is a Modern Day Morality Play
  4. How the Free Market Works Its Magic
  5. Selfishness and the Fall of Rome
  6. In Praise of the 9th Amendment
  7. Against Anticompetitive Regulation
  8. With a Regulatory Regime That Freely Accommodates Housing Construction, Lower Interest Rates Drive Down Rents Instead of Driving Up the Price of Homes
  9. Inequality Is About the Poor, Not About the Rich
  10. Density is Destiny
  11. Ed Glaeser Argues Against Raising the Minimum Wage
  12. Cass Sunstein on the Rule of Law
  13. Matt Ridley: Patent Reform is More Important for Technological Progress than Government Funding of Basic Science
  14. Eric Schlosser on the Underground Economy
  15. Nigeria Struggling to Be Free
  16. Rick Perry’s New Look
  17. Next Year’s Momentous Supreme Court Decision: Reining in Public Sector Unions?
  18. Will Wilkinson: Belief and the Atomism Of Social Change
  19. Nonpartisan Redistricting
  20. The Economist--Destination Unknown: Large Increases in the Minimum Wage Could Have Severe Long-Term Effects
  21. Smoking Out the Essence of Minimum Wage Effects
  22. Finding Out the Truth about Infrastructure Projects
  23. Edward L. Kimball: Civil Disobedience
  24. Does the Fabric of Our Society Depend on a Lie?
  25. The New Republican Majority Should Keep Doug Elmendorf as Director of the Congressional Budget Office
  26. The Wonderful, Now Suppressed, Republican Study Committee Brief on Copyright Law (direct link)
  27. Uwe Reinhardt: Does Occupational Licensing Deserve Our Approval? A Review of Work by Morris Kleiner (direct link)
  28. “Keep the Riffraff Out!”
  29. Tyler Cowen: Regulations Hinder Development of Driverless Cars
  30. Tyler Cowen on How Much Easier It Is to Create Regulations Than to Get Rid of Them (direct link)
  31. Amanda Foreman: When Justice Drowns in Law (direct link)
  32. Italy’s Supply-Side Troubles
  33. Robert L. Woodson Sr. on Helping the Poor
  34. Drew Hinshaw: Nigeria Produces Half the Electricity of North Dakota-for 249 Times More People
  35. The Irresistability of Market Forces in 1890 New York City
  36. Jeff Smith: Why I Won’t Sign a Petition to Raise the Minimum Wage
  37. Josh Barro: We Need a New Supply Side Economics–Here Are 8 Things We Can Do
  38. John Cochrane: What Free-Market Medical Care Would Look Like
  39. An Experiment with Equality of Outcome: The Case of Jamestown
  40. Michael Huemer’s Libertarianism
  41. Luigi Zingales: Pro-Market vs. Pro-Business
  42. The Rise and Fall of Venice
  43. Franklin Roosevelt: The Hard Road to Democracy
  44. Franklin Roosevelt on the Second Industrial Revolution
  45. Adam Ozimek’s Regional Visa Proposal
  46. Edmund Burke’s Wisdom
  47. Steven Pinker on How the Free Market Makes Us Uneasy
  48. Neil Irwin: American Manufacturing is Coming Back. Manufacturing Jobs Aren’t
  49. God and Devil in the Marketplace
  50. Holman Jenkins on the Role of Organized Labor in Blocking Policy Initiatives in the Democratic Party
  51. Is Nuclear Energy Safe? Well, Which One?
  52. Copyright
  53. Adam Ozimek on Worker Voice
  54. Paul Romer on Charter Cities

Clay Christensen Posts (in chronological Order)

  1. Clay Christensen, Jeffrey Flier and Vineeta Vijayaraghavan on How to Make Health Care More Cost Effective
  2. Saint Clay
  3. Clay Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang on the Agenda for the Transformation of Health Care
  4. Clay Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang on How the History of Other Industries Gives Hope for Health Care
  5. Clay Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang on Intuitive Medicine vs. Precision Medicine
  6. Clay Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang on the Personal Computer Revolution
  7. Clay Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang on the Three Basic Types of Business Models
  8. Clay Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang: How to Divide and Conquer Our Health Care Problems
  9. In Defense of Clay Christensen: Even the ‘Nicest Man Ever to Lecture’ at Harvard Can’t Innovate without Upsetting a Few People

Math, Statistics, Writing and Teaching (most recent first)

  1. Calculus is Hard. Women Are More Likely to Think That Means They’re Not Smart Enough for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  2. Examining the Statistics in “Math at Home Adds Up to Achievement in School” by Talia Berkowitz, Marjorie Schaeffer, Erin Maloney, Lori Peterson, Courtney Gregor, Susan Levine and Sian Beilock
  3. Brio in Blog Posts
  4. Effort vs. Innate Ability: What I Learned from Being in the Spelling Bee
  5. Nina Easton: Class Reimagined
  6. On Having a Thesis
  7. Jethra Spector: Using Miles and Noah’s Math Column in the Classroom
  8. My Advice to Qatar: Make Math Education a Research Grand Challenge
  9. Jessica Lahey: Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It
  10. Barbara Oakley: How We Should Be Teaching Math
  11. Fields Medal Winner Maryam Mirzakhani’s Slow-Cooked Math
  12. Kevin Remisoski on Teaching and Learning Math
  13. Marjorie Drysdale: Even When You Can Do Math, You May Not Love It
  14. Kate Owino: Kenyan Women Can Love Math Too
  15. Math Camp in a Barn
  16. The Problem of Teacher Sorting
  17. Michael Bloomberg: A University Cannot Be Great If Its Faculty Is Politically Homogenous
  18. Elizabeth Cleland: How I Get All My Students to be Good at Math (direct link)
  19. Mary O'Keeffe on Slow-Cooked Math
  20. Matt Waite: How I Faced My Fears and Learned to Be Good at Math
  21. Jing Liu: Show Kids that Solving Math Problems is Like Being a Detective
  22. Expert Performance and Deliberate Practice
  23. Eric Hanushek on the Importance of Improving Teacher Quality
  24. Jonah Berger: Going Viral
  25. Joshua Foer on Memory
  26. How Albert Einstein Became a Celebrity
  27. The Spell of Mathematics
  28. Steven Pinker on the Goal of Education
  29. Learning Through Deliberate Practice

Humanities, Science, History and Culture (most recent first)

  1. The Aquatic, Groupish, Warlike Ape
  2. Rodney Stark: Historians Ought to Count–But Often Don’t
  3. The University of Michigan Stands Up for Freedom of Speech
  4. Economic Fiction (The Good Kind)
  5. On Real and Fictional Economists
  6. Paul Finkelman: The Monster of Monticello
  7. Against Bullying
  8. The Racist Origins of the Idea of the “Dumb Jock”
  9. Schumpeter: Digital Disruption on the Farm | The Economist
  10. Sliding Doors: Hillary vs. Barack
  11. Colleges Should Stand Up For Freedom of Speech!
  12. On Freedom of Political Speech
  13. Matt Ridley on the Debate Between Economists and Ecologists
  14. Matt Ridley, Michelle Klein and Rob Boyd on Population Size and Technology: Why Some Islanders Build Better Crab Traps
  15. Jonathan Haidt–What the Tea Partiers Really Want: Karma
  16. Marriage 101
  17. Bret Stephens and Paul Krugman: What Should a Correction Look Like in the Digital Era?
  18. Tom Bowen’s Gift to Humanity: A Powerful Australian Technology
  19. Recasting “The Hunger Games” as a Parable about Immigration Policy
  20. David Byrne: The Power of Democratizing Making Music and Art
  21. Enlightened Self-Interest vs. the Anti-Immigration Mob
  22. Activate Comix: Biography of Ayn Rand
  23. Ragnarok
  24. The “Wait But Why” Blog on Why Generation Y Yuppies are Unhappy
  25. Steven Pinker: Science Is Not the Enemy of the Humanities
  26. How to Introduce the Next Generation to Literature
  27. David Byrne on the Japanese Way of Art
  28. John Maynard Keynes as Art Snob
  29. David Byrne: De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum
  30. David Byrne on Non-Monetary Motivations
  31. Calvin Coolidge on the Declaration of Independence
  32. Pounds of Carbon Dioxide Produced Per Million British Thermal Units of Energy When Different Fuels are Burned
  33. Population Distribution of the United States in Units of Canadas (direct link)
  34.  The Rise of Tape Recording
  35. New Words for a New Year
  36. Steven Pinker on Scientific Etiquette
  37. Steven Pinker on How Taboos on What We Let Ourselves Think and Say Can Steer Us Wrong
  38. George Lakoff on Science
  39. Steven Pinker on Straw Men
  40. Tunku Varadarajan on the Backlash Against Winner-Take-All in Online Journalism
  41. Debora Spar on the Dilemma of Modern Women
  42. Freeman Dyson on the State of Philosophy
  43. Jonathan Rauch on Democracy, Capitalism and Liberal Science
  44. Miles’s Linguistics Master’s Thesis: The Later Wittgenstein, Roman Jakobson and Charles Saunders Peirce
  45. Gary Cornell on Andrew Wiles

Other Posts I Want to Highlight Not Listed Above Nor in Aggregator Posts (most recent first)

  1. My Dad
  2. John T. Harvey: Five Reasons You Should Blame The Economics Discipline For Today's Problems
  3. Q&A: Why is Fiscal Policy So Close to Being Neutral in Many Modern Macro Models?
  4. Why I Blog
  5. Sarah Sloat: What is Cognitive Economics? Understanding the World Through New Types of Data
  6. Q&A: Evidence that Financial Flows Determine the Overall Balance of Trade, Not Tariffs
  7. Crush Cuckoo CoCo Coddling
  8. Remittances in International Finance
  9. Thinking About New Financial Technologies--Izabella Kaminska and Gillian Tett on Excitement about Fintech Eclipses Basel III at Davos
  10. Brad DeLong on Managing China’s Peaceful Rise
  11. When Women Don’t Get Any Credit for Coauthoring with Men
  12. The Economist on the End of Cars as We Know Them
  13. Answering Adam Ozimek’s Skepticism about a US Sovereign Wealth Fund
  14. David Dreyer Lassen, Claus Thustrup Kreiner and Søren Leth-Petersen–Stimulus Policy: Why Not Let People Spend Their Own Money?
  15. Stephanie Shimko Interviews Miles Kimball about His Earliest and Latest Research
  16. Beacons
  17. Robbie Strom: Finding Growth in Nepal’s Rubble
  18. Robin Green: Don’t Recognize Racist Externalities with a Pigou Tax
  19. On the National Research Council’s Geoengineering Report
  20. Paul Krugman: Wall Street’s Revenge
  21. Noah Smith: These are the Econ Blogs You Need to Read
  22. David Warsh’s Take on New Classical Economics, Circa 1985
  23. Gary Cornell on Jonathan Gruber’s Indiscretion
  24. Jonathan Gruber in the Hot Seat
  25. Ricardo Hausman: The Tacit Knowledge Economy
  26. Richard V. Reeves, Isabel Sawhill and Kimberly Howard: The Parenting Gap
  27. Edward Glaeser, Joshua Gottlieb and Oren Ziv: Maximizing Happiness Does Not Maximize Welfare
  28. Why Economic Theory Predicts a Chronic Shortage of Nurses
  29. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Comes Out for a Straight 15% Equity Requirement
  30. American Wizards
  31. Shark Tank Markups
  32. The J Curve
  33. Charles Lane on Thomas Piketty and Henry George
  34. Jonathan Clements on Integrating Human Capital into Your Portfolio
  35. Another Quality Control Failure on the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page?
  36. Brad Delong: Mr. Piketty and the “Neoclassicists”: A Suggested Interpretation (direct link)
  37. Why I Read More Books than Economic Journal Articles
  38. Capital Budgeting: The Powerpoint File
  39. My Experiences with Gary Becker
  40. The Wisdom of Gary Becker -
  41. Jennifer Breheny Wallace--The Upside of Envy: Envy Can Lower "Life Satisfaction," but at Its Best, Can Provide Motivation and Inspiration
  42. Robert Flood and Miles Kimball on the Status of the Efficient Markets Theory
  43. Christina Romer: After A Financial Crisis, Economic Disaster Is Not Inevitable--Bonnie Kavoussi Reports
  44. Big Banks'€™ Shadow Dance by Simon Johnson
  45. Miles on #econchat, March 30, 2014
  46. Justin Wolfers, Matthew Adler and Ori Heffetz: Round Table on Happiness
  47. Will Econ Blogging Hurt Your Career?
  48. Justin Briggs and Alex Tabarrok: Fewer Guns, Fewer Suicides
  49. Ali Sina Onder and Marko Tervio: Citation Analysis Suggests that the Freshwater/Saltwater Divide is the Deepest Division in Economics
  50. The Volcker Rule
  51. Banks Now (2008) and Then (1929)
  52. Andrew Carnegie on Cost-Cutting
  53. The Red Banker on Supply-Side Liberalism
  54. Jeff Smith on Reinhart and Rogoff
  55. Evan Soltas: How Economics Can Save the Whales
  56. Bruce Bartlett on Careers in Economics and Related Fields
  57. Jeff Smith: More on Getting into an Economics PhD Program
  58. Cetier the First: Convertible Capital Hurdles
  59. John L. Davidson on the Decline of the Quality of Information Processing in Lending
  60. Miles on HuffPost Live: Barack Obama Talks about the Long Run, While We Wonder about His Pick for Fed Chief
  61. Miles on HuffPost Live: Getting Beyond Economics 101
  62. What Would Economic Growth Look Like If We Properly Valued the Web?
  63. John L. Davidson on Resolving the House Mystery: The Institutional Realities of House Construction
  64. Allison Schrager: The Economic Case for the US to Legalize All Drugs
  65. My Father’s Trash Can
  66. Pieria Debate on the UK Productivity Puzzle
  67. Instrumental Tools for Debt and Growth
  68. Ori Heffetz: Quantifying Happiness
  69. For Sussing Out Whether Debt Affects Future Growth, the Key is Carefully Taking into Account Past Growth
  70. We Don’t Talk Enough About the Story Outside the Model
  71. Canadians as the Voice of Reason on Financial Regulation
  72. My New Companion Blog: “Links I am Thinking About”
  73. Miles on HuffPost Live: Debt, Electronic Money, Federal Lines of Credit, and a Public Contribution Program
  74. Niklas Blanchard Defends Me Against the Wrath of Paul Krugman, Despite My Lack of Nuance
  75. Miles on HuffPost Live: The Wrong Debate and How to Change It
  76. A Bare Bones Model of Immigration
  77. How a US Sovereign Wealth Fund Can Alleviate a Scarcity of Safe Assets
  78. Libertarianism, a US Sovereign Wealth Fund, and I
  79. Miles’s First TV Interview: A US Sovereign Wealth Fund
  80. Q&A on the Financial Cycle
  81. The Marginalization of Economists at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  82. Twitter Round Table on Consumption Taxation
  83. Bonnie Kavoussi's List on Huffington Post of "26 Economists You Should Be Following on Twitter" (direct link)
  84. Duncan Green: Lant Pritchett v. the Randomistas on the Nature of Evidence--Is a Wonkwar Brewing?
  85. Steven Johnson: We're Living the Dream, We Just Don't Realize It
  86. Noah Smith: The Well-Behaved Japanese Poor Call Into Question the Idea that Poverty Stems from Bad Behavior (direct link)
  87. Enrico Moretti on Rich Cities and Poor Cities
  88. Joshua Hausman: More Historical Evidence for What Federal Lines of Credit Would Do
  89. How Marginal Tax Rates Work
  90. The supplysideliberal Style Guide for Referring to Public Figures
  91. Bill Clinton on the National Debt
  92. International Finance: A Primer
  93. Q&A with Evan Soltas on the Fragility of Markets
  94. What Should the Historical Pattern of Slow Recoveries after Financial Crises Mean for Our Judgment of Barack Obama’s Economic Stewardship?
  95. About Paul Krugman: Having the Right Diagnosis Does Not Mean He Has the Right Cure
  96. My Mother
  97. Another Dimension of Health Care Reform: Discouraging Soft Drink Consumption
  98. Love’s Review
  99. My Proudest Moment as a Student in Ph.D. Classes
  100. How Americans Spend Their Money and Time
  101. The Magic of Etch-a-Sketch: A Supply-Side Liberal Fantasy
  102. Bill Dickens on Helping the Poor
  103. Evan Soltas on Medical Reform Federalism--in Canada
  104. Larry Summers on the Reality of Trying to Shrink Government
  105. Audio of Miles's Q&A with Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics
  106. Miles Kimball and Noah Smith on Job Creation
  107. Rich People Do Create Jobs: 10 Tweets
  108. Daniel Kuehn: Remembering Milton Friedman
  109. Isomorphismes: A Skew Economy & the Tacking Theory of Growth
  110. Milton Friedman's Thermostat: An Econometric Cautionary Tale
  111. Joshua Hausman on Historical Evidence for What Federal Lines of Credit Would Do
  112. My Ec 10 Teacher Mary O'Keeffe Reviews My Blog
  113. “It Isn’t Easy to Figure Out How the World Works” (Larry Summers, 1984)
  114. Things are Getting Better: 3 Videos
  115. Adam Smith as Patron Saint of Supply-Side Liberalism?
  116. Charles Murray: Why Capitalism Has an Image Problem
  117. Adam Ozimek: What “You Didn’t Build That” Tells Us About Immigration
  118. Miles’s First Radio Interview on Federal Lines of Credit
  119. What to Do About a House Price Boom
  120. Will the Health Insurance Mandate Lead People to Take Worse Care of Their Health?
  121. Bill Greider on Federal Lines of Credit: “A New Way to Recharge the Economy”
  122. Tyler Cowen Reminisces about Our Days in Graduate School
  123. Dissertation Topic 3: Public Savings Systems that Lift the No-Margin-Buying Constraint
  124. Miles’s Presentation at the Federal Reserve Board on May 14, 2012 (pptx)
  125. Dissertation Topic 2: Multisector Models
  126. Dissertation Topic 1: Federal Lines of Credit (FLOC’s)
  127. My Corner of the Blogosphere: As of July 1, 2012
  128. Mark Thoma on Rainy Day Funds for States
  129. @mileskimball on Twitter
  130. Diana Kimball on the Beginnings of
  131. Leading States in the Fiscal Two-Step
  132. Henry George and the Carbon Tax: A Quick Response to Noah Smith
  133. Noah Smith: "Miles Kimball, the Supply-Side Liberal"
  134. National Rainy Day Accounts
  135. Clive Crook: "Supply-Side Liberals"


The Scope and Readership of

I need a post like this first and foremost for myself--to see what I have done in general, and on particular topics. But I also hope it helps both those who want to look at a few top posts and those who want to do a deep dive into 

This post is especially valuable in showing the range of topics covered on beyond negative interest rate policy, since here those posts are mostly covered indirectly by the one aggregator post “How and Why to Eliminate the Zero Lower Bound: A Reader’s Guide.”  

I care a lot about current and future super-readers of this blog, who individually want to read many posts! Despite all of its flaws, Google Analytics is adequate for showing that there are indeed many super-readers. For example, taking the data in the graph below at face value, one can deduce using division and bounding that there are at least 73 readers with between 101 and 200 reading sessions each, and at least 193 readers with between 51 and 100 reading sessions each. At the other end of the spectrum, Google Analytics shows 364,219 distinct readers have been exposed to the website itself exactly once.

It is interesting to see some of the demographic and geographical breakdown of readers. I wish I had more female readers, but I am happy with having readers of many different ages, though of course the young are more into blogs than the old:

I am especially pleased to have readers from around the world. Here are the top 50 cities shown by Google Analytics with the admittedly imperfect measure of sessions as follows giving some indication of relative weight:

         City              Sessions

  1. New York 29,052
  2. Ann Arbor 29,006
  3. Washington 18,304
  4. London 16,944
  5. Chicago 10,034
  6. Los Angeles 6,082
  7. Sydney 5,663
  8. Toronto 5,535
  9. San Francisco 5,004
  10. Boston 4,706
  11. Seattle 4,424
  12. Melbourne 4,231
  13. Singapore 4,140
  14. Cambridge, MA 4,077
  15. Arlington 3,962
  16. Philadelphia 3,871
  17. Houston  3,460
  18. Austin 3,176
  19. Paris 3,118
  20. Minneapolis 3,072
  21. San Diego 2,747
  22. Ottawa 2,494
  23. Hong Kong 2,408
  24. Madison 2,219
  25. Dublin 2,199
  26. Columbus 2,104
  27. Canberra 2,069
  28. Rome 2,063
  29. Denver 2,044
  30. Portland 2,026
  31. Montreal 1,874
  32. Atlanta 1,855
  33. Berlin 1,848
  34. New Delhi 1,793
  35. Calgary 1,790
  36. Brisbane 1,771
  37. Bethesda 1,769
  38. Cambridge, UK 1,738
  39. Copenhagen 1,732
  40. Berkeley 1,712
  41. Durham 1,700
  42. Bengaluru 1,696
  43. Wellington 1,585
  44. St. Louis 1,567
  45. San Jose 1,557
  46. Seoul 1,542
  47. Evanston 1,480
  48. Salt Lake City 1,451
  49. Dallas 1,450
  50. Mumbai 1,448

Explanation of the rankings:

The top 150 posts on listed above are based on Google Analytics pageviews from June 3, 2012 through December 24, 2016. The number of pageviews is shown by each post. However, Google Analytics has been getting worse and worse in the job it is doing, both mechanically, and because more and more of the traffic has migrated to forms such as mobile access that Google Analytics is very bad at counting. Google Analytics counts 887,732 pageviews during this period but that is a big underestimate of the impact because of 

  1. that failure to count most readers on mobile devices
  2. the failure to count those reading on Tumblr itself
  3. not counting people reading the columns on Quartz
  4. the mysterious dropoff to no more than a trickle of Google Analytics pageviews counted after the end of July, 2016 with no corresponding dropoff in any other measure of activity at that time.

Furthermore, of those 887,732 pageviews that are counted by Google Analytics, 221,260 are to the homepage, and so cannot be categorized by post. 

(As I mentioned yesterday, in addition to greater confidence in the future of Squarespace than the future of Tumblr and increasingly greater functionality of Squarespace in creating and displaying posts compared to Tumblr, an important motivation for moving to Squarespace is better analytics. For a long time now, I have felt I was flying blind with my blog given how little I could see through Google Analytics applied to a Tumblr blog.)

Nevertheless, the relative popularity of different posts for that limited subset of pageviews is informative. Indeed, with the passage of more time, the pageview ratings have come closer to my own judgment of the relative importance of posts as it becomes possible to see which posts have stood the test of time. And to be clear, if I think a post is more important, over time that adds to its pageviews because I link to it more often in subsequent posts and in tweets. 

I have to handle my Quartz columns separately because that pageview data is proprietary. My very most popular pieces have been Quartz columns, so I list them first. I have listed them all plus a few columns in other outlets, with the ones with no data (yet) listed at the bottom. (To avoid duplication, I have disqualified companion posts to Quartz columns from the top 40 blog post list, since they eventually get recombined with the Quartz columns when I repatriate the columns. For these columns, the ranking is by pageviews at a point where things have settled down. For later posts, that is standardized to pageviews during the first 30 days when Quartz has an exclusive.)  

Musings about the Top 10 Quartz columns:

The page view data I have for the Quartz columns is proprietary. But I can say that the top Quartz columns have dramatically more pageviews than are shown by Google Analytics for the top posts on my blog. So it is worth musing about the popularity of the top ten Quartz columns. 

  • Five of the top ten Quartz columns–1, 2, 4, 7, 8–are about education. Somewhat to my surprise, this has emerged as an important theme on my blog, as Noah Smith identified when writing about this blog.
  • Four of the top ten columns are coauthored: 1 and 4 with Noah Smith, 8 with Anonymous and 9 with Yichuan Wang. It helps to have a top-notch coauthor.
  • Two of the top ten–3 and 6–are relatively recent columns with a strong religious or moral tone to them. I am glad to see that my efforts to articulate religious and moral themes find an audience as well as what I have to say about economics. I actually consider 5 to be in this category as well. 
  • One of the top ten–9–is about Reinhart and Rogoff. Levels of interest for understanding Reinhart and Rogoff’s mistake was extraordinary.
  • One thing I pay attention to is how great a reach my most popular column on negative interest rates is. I am pleased to have one at 10. 
  • Two of the top ten–3 and 5–touch on national security.