2017's Most Popular Posts

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The "Key Posts" link at the top of my blog lists all important posts through the end of 2016. This is intended as a complement to that list, in two categories: popular new posts and popular older posts. (You can see other recent posts by clicking on the Archive link at the top of my blog.) The numbers shown are pageviews throughout 2017 according to Google Analytics. My blog homepage had 34,833 pageviews in 2017. Total pageviews were 240,568 in 2017.  

New Posts in 2017 

  1. Five Books That Have Changed My Life  6936
  2. Obesity Is Always and Everywhere an Insulin Phenomenon  5979
  3. There Is No Such Thing as Decreasing Returns to Scale  4441
  4. Forget Calorie Counting; It's the Insulin Index, Stupid  3927
  5. Let's Set Half a Percent as the Standard for Statistical Significance  3377
  6. Key Posts 2012-2016:  3098
  7. Matthew Shapiro, Martha Bailey and Tilman Borgers on the Economics Job Market Rumors Website  2941
  8. On the Virtue of Scientific Disrespect  1939
  9. Paul Krugman on John Taylor and Admitting Error  1702
  10. Martin Wolf: Why Bankers are Intellectually Naked  1690
  11. Why I Am Not a Neoliberal  1645
  12. Michael Weisbach: Posters on Finance Job Rumors Need to Clean Up Their Act, Too  1637
  13. Contra Randal Quarles  1631
  14. Economics Needs to Tackle All of the Big Questions in the Social Sciences  1524
  15. Defining Economics  1406
  16. Does the Journal System Distort Scientific Research?  1268
  17. Peter Conti-Brown's Takedown of Danielle DiMartino Booth's Book Fed Up: An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America  1211
  18. Returns to Scale and Imperfect Competition in Market Equilibrium  1175
  19. Signalling When Everyone Knows about Last-Place Aversion: An Application to Economics Job Market Rumors  1152
  20. Border Adjustment vs. Dollar Depreciation  1151
  21. My Objective Function  1146
  22. Why I Am Now a Bear  1114
  23. Jason Fung: Dietary Fat is Innocent of the Charges Leveled Against It  789
  24. Breaking the Chains  787
  25. In Praise of Partial Equilibrium  783
  26. Believe in Yourself  766
  27. Sugar as a Slow Poison  685
  28. Next Generation Monetary Policy  666
  29. A Blessing for Diana and Erik  611
  30. Whole Milk Is Healthy; Skim Milk Less So  609
  31. Restoring American Growth: The Video  606
  32. Why GDP Can Grow Forever  598
  33. Brian Flaxman: Yes! Economics Did Sway Obama Voters to Trump  586
  34. Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson's Plan to Save Our Republic  538
  35. The Keto Food Pyramid  532
  36. When the Output Gap is Zero, But Inflation is Below Target  501
  37. How Did Evolution Give Us Religion?  499
  38. Why I Am Not a Physicist  470
  39. Meat Is Amazingly Nutritious—But Is It Amazingly Nutritious for Cancer Cells, Too?  458
  40. John Locke's State of Nature and State of War  452
  41. John Locke on Legitimate Political Power  448
  42. The Volcker Shock  434
  43. The Only Military Action the US Should Take Against North Korea Is to Shoot Down Every North Korean Missile in Boost Phase  408
  44. Marriage 102:  398
  45. How Strong is the Economics Guild?  389
  46. Salt Is Not the Nutritional Evil It Is Made Out to Be  377
  47. Markus Brunnermeier and Yann Koby's "Reversal Interest Rate"  374
  48. You, Too, Are a Math Person; When Race Comes Into the Picture, That Has to Be Reiterated   358
  49. Leaving a Legacy  349
  50. On John Locke's Labor Theory of Property  341
  51. Thomas Sowell on How to Succeed as an Ethnic Minority  320
  52. John Locke Treats the Bible as an Authority on Slavery  296
  53. Intelligent Economist: Top 100 Economics Blogs of 2017:  286
  54. Deregulation of Social Science as a Free Speech Issue  273
  55. Miles Kimball, Colter Mitchell, Arland Thornton and Linda Young-Demarco—Empirics on the Origins of Preferences: The Case of College Major and Religiosity  273
  56. John Locke on How Things That Are No One's Property Become Someone's Property  262
  57. Karthik Muralidharan, Abhijeet Singh, and Alejandro J. Ganimian: Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India  259
  58. The Relative Citation Ratio  258
  59. John Locke: People Must Not Be Judges in Their Own Cases  247
  60. Mass In/Mass Out: A Satire of Calories In/Calories Out  240
  61. Why Is Productivity Growth So Low? 23 Economic Experts Weigh In|FocusEconomics  227
  62. Diana Kimball: Listening Creates Possibilities  223
  63. How Sugar Makes People Hangry  219
  64. The Evolution of the Dominant Sector of the Economy of Each US State, 1990-2013|  219
  65. The Supply and Demand for Paper Currency When Interest Rates Are Negative  211
  66. The Lump-of-Labor Model  210
  67. Miles's Recipe for Success  210
  68. Economics Is Unemotional—And That's Why It Could Help Bridge America's Partisan Divide (on my blog, with the original intro defining "politicism")  210
  69. John Locke on Diminishing Marginal Utility as a Limit to Legitimately Claiming Works of Nature as Property  207
  70. Travis Bradberry: 10 Habits All Genuinely Confident People Share  206
  71. Alexander Trentin Interviews Miles Kimball about Establishing an International Capital Flow Framework  196
  72. Tom Gauld's Sympathy Cards for Scientists  196
  73. The Economist on Minimum Wages Versus Wage Subsidies  194
  74. The Size of Africa Revisited Once More with Hajime Narukawa's Authagraph World Map  191
  75. Travis Bradberry: Ten Guaranteed Ways To Appear Smarter Than You Are  185
  76. Not Just a Piece of Paper  183
  77. Janet Adamy and Paul Overberg on Immobility in America  178

Older Posts with Continuing Popularity

  1. John Stuart Mill's Brief for Freedom of Speech   9113
  2. There's One Key Difference Between Kids Who Excel at Math and Those Who Don't      (with Noah Smith)  3572
  3. The Complete Guide to Getting into an Economics PhD Program (with Noah Smith)  3245
  4. William Graham Sumner, Social Darwinist   2846
  5. How and Why to Eliminate the Zero Lower Bound: A Reader’s Guide  2420
  6. Why Taxes are Bad  2187
  7. The Medium-Run Natural Interest Rate and the Short-Run Natural Interest Rate  2028
  8. Contra John Taylor  1960
  9. Joshua Foer on Deliberate Practice  1919
  10. Why I Write  1915
  11. John Stuart Mill’s Vigorous Advocacy of Education Vouchers  1908
  12. Government Purchases vs. Government Spending  1680
  13. How to Turn Every Child into a "Math Person"  1451
  14. The Logarithmic Harmony of Percent Changes and Growth Rates  1302
  15. Daniel Coyle on Deliberate Practice  1262
  16. Ezequiel Tortorelli: The Trouble with Argentina  1234
  17. Shane Parrish on Deliberate Practice  1142
  18. Robert Shiller: Against the Efficient Markets Theory  1122
  19. John Stuart Mill’s Defense of Freedom  1091
  20. Monetary vs. Fiscal Policy: Expansionary Monetary Policy Does Not Raise the Budget Deficit  937
  21. John Stuart Mill on Freedom from Religion  868
  22. Dr. Smith and the Asset Bubble  839
  23. What is the Effective Lower Bound on Interest Rates Made Of?  823
  24. On Master's Programs in Economics  814
  25. John Stuart Mill's Brief for Individuality  753
  26. How and Why to Expand the Nonprofit Sector as a Partial Alternative to Government: A Reader’s Guide  631
  27. Inequality Is About the Poor, Not About the Rich  603
  28. Fields Medal Winner Maryam Mirzakhani's Slow-Cooked Math  599
  29. What is a Supply-Side Liberal?  585
  30. Silvio Gesell's Plan for Negative Nominal Interest Rates  556
  31. Higher Inflation Is Not the Answer  551
  32. The Message of Mormonism for Atheists Who Want to Stay Atheists  540
  33. Sticky Prices vs. Sticky Wages: A Debate Between Miles Kimball and Matthew Rognlie  533
  34. Roger Farmer and Miles Kimball on the Value of Sovereign Wealth Funds for Economic Stabilization  502
  35. Nicholas Kristof: "Where Sweatshops are a Dream"  492
  36. John Stuart Mill: In Praise of Eccentricity  456
  37. The Coming Transformation of Education: Degrees Won’t Matter Anymore, Skills Will  433
  38. Even Central Bankers Need Lessons on the Transmission Mechanism for Negative Interest Rates  431
  39. John Stuart Mill: Two Maxims for Liberty  429
  40. John Stuart Mill’s Roadmap for Freedom  410
  41. Cognitive Economics  407
  42. The Shape of Production: Charles Cobb's and Paul Douglas's Boon to Economics  397
  43. Why I Read More Books than Economic Journal Articles  387
  44. My Dad  381
  45. The Unavoidability of Faith  377
  46. What If Jesus Was Really Resurrected? Musings of a Non-Supernaturalist  358
  47. How Increasing Retirement Saving Could Give America More Balanced Trade  357
  48. John Stuart Mill on Balancing Christian Morality with the Wisdom of the Greeks and Romans  355
  49. John Stuart Mill’s Brief for the Limits of the Authority of Society over the Individual  354
  50. How Subordinating Paper Currency to Electronic Money Can End Recessions and End Inflation  351
  51. Bruce Greenwald: The Death of Manufacturing & the Global Deflation  347
  52. Can Taxes Raise GDP?  347
  53. Heroes of Science Action Figures  344
  54. Miles Moves to the University of Colorado Boulder  339
  55. An Agnostic Prayer for Strength  339
  56. David Dreyer Lassen, Claus Thustrup Kreiner and Søren Leth-Petersen—Stimulus Policy: Why Not Let People Spend Their Own Money?  323
  57. Hannah Katz: The Pros and Cons of Tipping Culture  319
  58. One of the Biggest Threats to America's Future Has the Easiest Fix  312
  59. "The Hunger Games" Is Hardly Our Future--It's Already Here  304
  60. Jeff Smith: More on Getting into an Economics PhD Program  298
  61. John Stuart Mill: In the Parent-Child Relationship, It is the Children that Have Rights, Not the Parents  297
  62. 18 Misconceptions about Eliminating the Zero Lower Bound  296
  63. Teleotheism and the Purpose of Life  296
  64. Expansionist India  287
  65. The Deep Magic of Money and the Deeper Magic of the Supply Side  282
  66. On the Great Recession  282
  67. John Stuart Mill on Public and Private Actions  276
  68. The Descent—and the Divine Calling—of the Modernists  269
  69. Greg Shill: Does the Fed Have the Legal Authority to Buy Equities?  264
  70. Us and Them  258
  71. On Having a Thesis  256
  72. John Locke on Punishment  255
  73. International Finance: A Primer  247
  74. Franklin Roosevelt on the Second Industrial Revolution  246
  75. Miles Kimball - Google Scholar Citations  243
  76. Cathy O'Neil on Slow-Cooked Math  240
  77. On the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  238
  78. JP Morgan’s Michael Feroli, Malcolm Barr, Bruce Kasman and David Mackie On Board for Negative Rates  234
  79. John Stuart Mill on Freedom of Thought  227
  80. John Locke on the Equality of Humans  226
  81. Samantha Shelley: Why I'll Never Regret Being Mormon  222
  82. John Stuart Mill Applies the Principles of Liberty  221
  83. How Conservative Mormon America Avoided the Fate of Conservative White America  217
  84. How Albert Einstein Became a Celebrity  214
  85. Electronic Money: The Powerpoint File  212
  86. Miles's Linguistics Master's Thesis: The Later Wittgenstein, Roman Jakobson and Charles Saunders Peirce  206
  87. Noah Smith: Buddha Was Wrong About Desire  205
  88. Janet Yellen is Hardly a Dove—She Knows the US Economy Needs Some Unemployment  204
  89. John Stuart Mill's Argument Against Political Correctness  203
  90. Jobs  202
  91. Godless Religion  202
  92. Social Liberty  201
  93. John Stuart Mill on the Historical Origins of Liberty  197
  94. Noah Smith: You Are Already in the Afterlife  197
  95. Barbara Oakley: How We Should Be Teaching Math  196
  96. Why I am a Macroeconomist: Increasing Returns and Unemployment  188
  97. The Equilibrium Paradox: Somebody Has to Do It  185
  98. The Message of “Sal Tlay Ka Siti”  180
  99. Two Types of Knowledge: Human Capital and Information  176
  100. Matt Waite: How I Faced My Fears and Learned to Be Good at Math  173

Many of the popular older posts are posts that turn up easily in Google searches.