Blog Profile / Greg Mankiw's Blog

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Archived Since:June 7, 2008

Blog Post Archive


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Economist Educators Best in Class Teaching Award. These three were chosen by the Board of the National Economics Teaching Association (NETA) from numerous submissions. Prizes are provided by Cengage Learning. Show More Summary

Where danger lurks

A nice essay by Olivier Blanchard on the lessons we should learn from the financial crisis and Great Recession.

On Textbook Prices

NPR takes a look. Generally, a good and balanced treatment. But they play a bit too fast and loose with the difference between high and rising. Some of the hypotheses they suggest can explain high prices but not rising prices.

A VoxEU Course Companion

Teachers of intermediate macroeconomics will find this new book of interest: This Vox EU Course Companion, the first in the series, is a collection of carefully selected Vox columns designed to supplement Mankiw’s Macroeconomics textbook. Show More Summary

The IMF on Infrastructure

The IMF endorses the free-lunch view of infrastructure spending. That is, an IMF study suggests that the expansionary effects are sufficiently large that debt-financed infrastructure spending could reduce the debt-GDP ratio over time. Show More Summary

Monetary Policy Rules

Here is a website that gives up-to-date graphs of several policy rules.

Grading in Ec 10

An instructor in introductory economics asks: I have a question that may be of interest to the students and faculty who read your blog. In searching the archives of your blog, I did not see a blog post on the following: How do you assess and evaluate those students? I have a colleague who administers only one assessment - a final. Show More Summary

Follow or Break the Rule?

Lars Christensen plots a version of the Taylor rule I proposed some years ago (published here). I suggested this rule as an approximate description of Alan Greenspan's monetary policy in the 1990s. Here is the plot: Click on graphicShow More Summary

The Case for Civility

Noah Smith puts it well: most of our arguments are over things like Obamacare, or antipoverty programs, or financial regulation-- issues on which reasonable people can and do disagree. If you’re uncivil in this sort of situation -- if...Show More Summary

Just for Fun

A friend sends the following puzzle. Find the X that fits in this sequence: 16 06 68 88 X 98 For those who don't get it, I will post a hint in a few days.

On Education

I much enjoyed this article by Steven Pinker. An excerpt: It seems to me that educated people should know something about the 13-billion-year prehistory of our species and the basic laws governing the physical and living world, including our bodies and brains. Show More Summary

25 Brightest Young Economists

Here is a list. By the way, six are at Harvard, more than any other school.

News from Amazon

Source To users of my favorite textbooks: Thank you! Have a great semester.

Teaching Conference

I will be speaking at the annual conference of the National Economics Teaching Association, which this year is being held on Thursday, November 6th and Friday, November 7th, 2014 in San Diego, CA. If you want to consider attending, click here for more information. You can potentially win a free trip to the conference, as well as some cash, by entering this contest.

Eric Posner and Glen Weyl on Piketty

In The New Republic. A tidbit: Only very extreme scenarios, where every wealthy individual does all of the following at the same time can lead to the sort of explosive inequality dynamics Piketty fears: Marries someone at least as wealthy or bequeaths all wealth to one child. Show More Summary

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