Follow the wonk: seven worth paying attention to on Twitter
Where to find Andrew Sentance, Matthew Sinclair, Danny Blanchflower, Ros Altman et al
THESE are "tremulous times" for the economy, says Gabriella Griffith in Management Today. So why not "stay on top of the twists and turns"? Here's a selection of economists "opining their way "around the Twittersphere:
Andrew Sentance - @asentance. The former Bank MPC member has an insider's grasp of what's going on in Threadneedle Street – and is a rock musician to boot. "It was Sentance who broke news of the economic anthem 'Fiscal Cliff – rock on."
Jonathan Portes - @jdportes. "If you like your opinions Keynesian and your arguments heated, Portes is a good guy to follow. He heads the National Institute of Economic and Social research and seems to enjoy a good scrap.
Diane Coyle - @diane1859. The former Treasury adviser's Twitter feed is a useful source of economic and business book reviews.
Danny Blanchflower - @d_Blanchflower. Another ex-MPC member who intersperses his Left-leaning economic insights and "intense dislike for George Osborne" with pictures of fishing trips.
Sam Bowman - @S8mb. The libertarian research director of the Adam Smith Institute tweets along the lines of: "I like Dawkins partially for the same reason I like Osborne: most people's reasons for disliking him are ridiculous and stupid."
Matthew Sinclair - @mjhsinclair. If you think you're paying too much tax, the boss of the Taxpayers' Alliance is your man with the arguments. His latest vexation is stamp duty. Occasionally wanders off topic. "I hate the American thing of calling # a 'pound sign'. Pounds are money. Our money." Take that!
Ros Altman - @rosaltman. The pensioners' champion can be relied upon for a spirited attack on quantitative easing, or anything else that keeps interest rates low. "Monetary policy has lagged effects – didn't we learn that before this crisis? Making same mistakes again!" Not a fan of Mark Carney then…
This article appears in the 17 August 2013 issue of The Week. ·