A Wider Web: More Economics Resources on the Internet
In 2008, after almost 35 years in print, we reluctantly suspended publication of The Ledger. Postage and production costs were on the rise, and the expense was becoming harder to justify. But we're back, and we've moved to an all-electronic format with two online issues per year: Fall and Spring.
This issue revisits a topic we first covered in 2001: Economic and financial education resources on the web. Much has changed since then. In those days blogs were cutting edge, Facebook was still three years in the future, and fewer people used "google" as a verb. As for Twitter … Be honest! If someone had pitched the concept to you in 2001, you probably would have laughed.
Resources in the Fall 2011 Issue
- Aplia Econ Blog—News for Econ Students
“A place to explore current events that relate to your econ classes”
Be sure to check out the extensive archive of previous posts. The posts are highly readable, and each includes discussion questions.
- The Baseline Scenario—What happened to the global economy and what we can do about it
Be sure to check out the extensive list of links to other blogs and resources.
- Café Hayek—Where Orders Emerge
Lively commentary on economics and politics, written by Don Boudreaux and Russ Roberts of George Mason University
Be sure to check out the EconTalk Podcast link.
- Cheap Talk
“A blog about economics, politics, and the random interests of forty-something professors”
Be sure to check out the links to Jeff’s Intermediate Micro Course and Sandeep’s “Conflict and Cooperation” Course.
An independent weekly published by David Warsh
Be sure to check out the extensive list of links to economic journalists.
“Explaining the Science of Everyday Life”
Well-written and insightful blog posts on the New York Times web site
Be sure to check out any of the posts. They are all worth reading, and they represent diverse viewpoints.
“The Hidden Side of Everything”
Created by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, whose posts live up to the site’s tagline
Be sure to check out the podcasts and Marketplace™ segments under the Radio button.
- Grasping Reality with Both Hands
“Fair, Balanced, and Reality-Based: The Semi-Daily Journal of Economist Brad DeLong”
Be sure to check out the Among His Best Works.
- FRB Atlanta Research Department’s macroblog:
“The Atlanta Fed’s macroblog provides commentary on economic topics including monetary policy, macroeconomic developments, financial issues and Southeast regional trends.”
Be sure to check out the Archives.
- Greg Mankiw’s Blog
“Random Observations for Students of Economics”
Be sure to check out Advice for Students, Principles of Economics, and A Few Timeless Posts.
- Knowledge @ Wharton High School — Teachers’ Room
Created by the people at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business
Be sure to check out all the various buttons: Entrepreneurs & Leaders, Environment, Fashion, Food & More, Life After High School, Money & You, Social Impact, Sports & Entertainment, and Tech Buzz.
- Marginal Thoughts
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Be sure to check out the posts, which are lucid and informative.
- MV = PQ: A Resource for Economic Educators
“Ideas and discussions about economics and financial literacy issues”
Be sure to check out the daily posts, which are concise, informative, and sometimes “quirky” in the best sense of the word.
- New Economist
New economic research, data, events and analysis from a London-based economist
Be sure to check out the extensive listing of Economist Weblogs and Economics Resources.
- PLANET money
“A fun, safe, exciting, accessible place for people to explore the global economy and what it’s doing to them”
Be sure to check out the blog posts and twice-weekly podcasts, all of which are invariably interesting and insightful.
- Robert Reich
Be sure to check out the blog posts, which are always lucid and concise.
- Tim Harford: The Undercover Economist
Be sure to check out the engaging articles and Tim’s Tweets.
A blog, a bulletin board, a retro form of social media … Voluntary Exchange is a blend of all three.
Be sure to check out the whole thing. It’s from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston!
- The Wandering Economist
“Because ‘It’s the Economy, Stupid!’ isn’t much of an answer.”
Be sure to check out the posts, which offer a global perspective on banking, finance, and the economy.
Coins, Currency, and Past Value
- Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Be sure to check out the Statistics & Historical Data page.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
U.S. Department of Commerce
Be sure to check out U.S. Economy at a Glance and Interactive Data.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
United States Department of Labor
Be sure to check out Resources for Student or Teacher.
Federal Reserve Economic Data
Be sure to check out GeoFRED™, a data-mapping tool that allows users to create color-coded maps from among 12,000 data series. The link is at the bottom of the FRED page.
- The National Bureau of Economic Research
“A private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization”
Be sure to check out the archive of NBER Working Papers.
- U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Department of Commerce
Be sure to check out Census in Schools and Selected Historical Decennial Census Population and Housing Counts.
- U.S. Government Accountability Office
Be sure to check out Multimedia and Long-Term Fiscal Outlook.
- U.S. Department of the Treasury
Be sure to check out the Resource Center
- Visualizing Economics
“A web site dedicated to publishing infographics about economic data”
Be sure to check out the entire site. Just get on it and play. Lots of fun and lots to learn!
- The World Factbook
Central Intelligence Agency
"Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities"
Be sure to check out the Guide to Country Comparisons.
The world as you've never seen it before
Be sure to check out the A to Z Index of Maps.
Economic Literacy / Financial Literacy / Consumer Education
- 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Be sure to check out Life Stages, which covers financial concerns from childhood to retirement.
- The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation
“Promoting economic understanding to all for greater prosperity and happiness since 1947”
Be sure to check out the Grants Program section to some of the good ideas that have won recognition.
- Consumer World®
One of the internet’s more comprehensive education/reference sites for consumers
Be sure to check out Mouse Print* to learn more about “the strings and catches buried in the fine print” of ads and commercial offers.
- JA Student Center
Be sure to check out Manage Your Money.
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Be sure to check out Consumer Protection and Money Smart — A Financial Education Program.
- Federal Trade Commission
Be sure to check out Consumer Protection for links to FTC publications.
- It All Adds Up
Personal Finance for Teens
Be sure to check out the Teachers’ Guide and any of the games or simulations on credit management, buying a car, budgeting, saving and investing.
- The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
Jump$tart has been working since 1995 to get basic personal financial skills into the k-12 curriculum.
Be sure to check out the Jump$tart Reality Check.
- LifeSmarts: The Ultimate Consumer Challenge
The questions in this gameshow-style competition cover personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, health and safety, the environment, and technology.
Be sure to check out LifeSmarts U. for lesson plans and teaching materials.
- Making Sen$e with Paul Solman — Your Guide to the Economy
Be sure to check out the Economics Lesson Plans.
- My Money (The Financial Literacy and Education Commission)
"The U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education" Be sure to check out My Resources and Calculators
- National Endowment for Financial Education
“A nonprofit foundation partnering for financial well-being”
Be sure to check out the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program®
- National Financial Educators Council
Be sure to check out The Financial Literacy and Education Blog.
- Money Counts: Young Adults and Financial Literacy Series, NPR
Be sure to check out the Money Quiz and Calculate How Your Savings Can Grow.
- Squared Away: Frontiers in Financial Literacy
From the Financial Security Project at Boston College
Be sure to check out Get Rich Slow, a simulation that gives you the opportunity to make financial decisions for a fictional couple at four life stages.
- Stossel in the Classroom
Be sure to check out Teacher Guides and Teacher Ideas to Share.
- Understanding Fiscal Responsibility
Teachers College, Columbia University
Be sure to check out the economics curriculum.
You have to register, but it’s worth the effort.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Games/Simulations and Just Plain Fun
Focus on the Fed
Portals and Other Resources