Top 25 All-Time Posts and All 22 Quartz Columns in Order of Popularity, as of May 5, 2013

The top 25 posts on listed below are based on Google Analytics pageviews from June 3, 2012 through midday, May 5, 2013. The number of pageviews is shown by each post. Not counting Quartz pageviews and pageviews from some forms of subscription, Google Analytics counts 240,923 pageviews during this period but, for example, 79,445 homepage views could not be categorized by post.  

I have to handle my Quartz columns separately because that pageview data is proprietary. My very most popular pieces have been Quartz columns. Since there are only 22, I have listed them all. You might also find other posts you like in this earlier list of top posts, at this link.

I have some musings on this data after the lists.

All 22 Quartz Columns So Far, in Order of Popularity:

  1. An Economist’s Mea Culpa: I Relied on Reinhart and Rogoff
  2. Show Me the Money!
  3. How Italy and the UK Can Stimulate Their Economies Without Further Damaging Their Credit Ratings
  4. Four More Years! The US Economy Needs a Third Term of Ben Bernanke
  5. Why the US Needs Its Own Sovereign Wealth Fund
  6. Could the UK be the First Country to Adopt Electronic Money?
  7. Optimal Monetary Policy: Could the Next Big Idea Come from the Blogosphere?
  8. Read His Lips: Why Ben Bernanke Had to Set Firm Targets for the Economy
  9. More Muscle than QE3: With an Extra $2000 in their Pockets, Could Americans Restart the U.S. Economy?
  10. How Subordinating Paper Money to Electronic Money Can End Recessions and End Inflation
  11. Judging the Nations: Wealth and Happiness Are Not Enough
  12. Yes, There is an Alternative to Austerity Versus Spending: Reinvigorate America’s Nonprofits
  13. John Taylor is Wrong: The Fed is Not Causing Another Recession
  14. Why Austerity Budgets Won’t Save Your Economy
  15. Monetary Policy and Financial Stability
  16. Off the Rails: What the Heck is Happening to the US Economy? How to Get the Recovery Back on Track
  17. Obama Could Really Help the US Economy by Pushing for More Legal Immigration
  18. Does Ben Bernanke Want to Replace GDP with a Happiness Index?
  19. How to Stabilize the Financial System and Make Money for US Taxpayers
  20. How the Electronic Deutsche Mark Can Save Europe
  21. Al Roth’s Nobel Prize is in Economics, but Doctors Can Thank Him, Too
  22. Symbol Wanted: Maybe Europe’s Unity Doesn’t Rest on Its Currency. Joint Mission to Mars, Anyone?
  23. (On The Independent, no pageview data) Why George Osborne Should Give Everyone in Britain a New Credit Card

Top 25 Posts on

  1. Dr. Smith and the Asset Bubble 6249
  2. Contra John Taylor 6157
  3. Scott Adams’s Finest Hour: How to Tax the Rich 4163
  4. Balance Sheet Monetary Policy: A Primer 3942
  5. Noah Smith Joins My Debate with Paul Krugman: Debt, National Lines of Credit, and Politics 3655
  6. Isaac Sorkin: Don’t Be Too Reassured by Small Short-Run Effects of the Minimum Wage 3482
  7. What is a Supply-Side Liberal? 3076
  8. The Deep Magic of Money and the Deeper Magic of the Supply Side 2433
  9. You Didn’t Build That: America Edition 2177
  10. The Logarithmic Harmony of Percent Changes and Growth Rates 2164
  11. Trillions and Trillions: Getting Used to Balance Sheet Monetary Policy 2130 
  12. The Egocentric Illusion 2072
  13. Two Types of Knowledge: Human Capital and Information 1960
  14. Books on Economics 1839
  15. No Tax Increase Without Recompense 1828
  16. Getting the Biggest Bang for the Buck in Fiscal Policy 1792
  17. Why I am a Macroeconomist: Increasing Returns and Unemployment 1764
  18. Jobs 1661
  19. Scrooge and the Ethical Case for Consumption Taxation 1611
  20. Let the Wrong Come to Me, For They Will Make Me More Right 1602
  21. The Shape of Production: Charles Cobb’s and Paul Douglas’s Boon to Economics 1586
  22. Kevin Hassett, Glenn Hubbard, Greg Mankiw and John Taylor Need to Answer This Post of Brad DeLong’s Point by Point 1558
  23. Three Goals for Ph.D. Courses in Economics 1510
  24. Why Taxes are Bad 1499
  25. Is Taxing Capital OK? 1467


  • Not surprisingly, controversy breeds pageviews–for both posts and Quartz columns. Also, the titles my editors on Quartz gave to columns likely bring more pageviews than the sometimes tamer, more accurate, permanent titles that I use above. (You can see those titles at the links.) Although I carefully distinguish between my own titles and Quartz’s titles, I do not object to their efforts to bring more pageviews by giving the columns catchier, if less-accurate, titles. 
  • There is a clear time trend in the data. Later columns and posts have an advantage over earlier columns and posts of equal quality.
  • The list of columns and list of posts above is actually quite good at capturing the pieces that I personally think are most important. I also periodically update a list of “save-the-world” posts. There is always a link at my sidebar to the current list. The latest (January 17) list of “save-the-world” posts is given in my posts “The Overton Window” and “Within the Overton Window.” Other than what is in those lists and what is among the posts and columns in the lists above, if you look at “Anat Admati, Martin Hellwig and John Cochrane on Bank Capital Requirements,” Martin Feldstein’s article “It’s Time To Cap Tax Deductions” that I link to, and yesterday’s post “The Ethics of Immigration Reform, Revisited,” you will be up to date on the most important “save-the-world” posts.   
  • I am intrigued by the two older posts that have gained ground in the rankings since the last list. Despite the addition of brand-new popular posts making the competition tougher, “The Logarithmic Harmony of Percent Changes and Growth Rates” moved up from rank 15 in February, to rank 10 now. Less remarkably, “Three Goals for Ph.D. Courses in Economics” didn’t make the list of top 25 that came out five days later, but has managed to slide into the number 23 slot now.