Big ups to the NZ econblogsphere

Kiwiblog’s link to a new economics blog called Progressive Turmoil got me thinking.

I now count 12 14 economics blogs in New Zealand that are still going (list at bottom – note all the blogs I have linked to have a lot of economics opinions in them, even if this isn’t their primary description. To me this makes them worthy of being called an economics blog ;) ). I’m sure there are plenty of others – tell me if I missed anyone in the comments!!

As we have a population of 4.3m (thanks Stats), so that is approximately one per 358,333 307,143 people.

This is epic. It makes me proud of our country thats for sure :) [FYI, I’m not being ironic, I’m an economics addict :) ]

Note: I count 5 blogs with some sort of relationship with Victoria University and 3 3.5 with a relationships with Canterbury Uni - where is Auckland Uni ;) and 1.5 with a relationship with Auckland Uni.

  • http://www.infonews.co.nz/newszealand/default.cfm?t=147 Peter Hodge

    Great list, and some quality reading. Thanks Matt

  • http://antidismal.blogspot.com/ Paul Walker

    John Small at Progressive Turmoil got his PhD from Canterbury but did most of his teaching at Auckland, before heading off for the big bucks in the commercial world. So I guess he is a bit Cant and a bit Auck. But no Vic!!!

  • http://antidismal.blogspot.com/ Paul Walker

    John Small at Progressive Turmoil got his PhD from Canterbury but did most of his teaching at Auckland, before heading off for the big bucks in the commercial world. So I guess he is a bit Cant and a bit Auck. But no Vic!!!

  • http://antidismal.blogspot.com/ Paul Walker

    Aaron Schiff teachers part-time at Auckland. Does that count?

  • http://www.valuecruncher.com Mark Clare

    Add us to the list – depends how you define economics. We consider ourselves in the financial economics space – focused on equity valuation. We are Wellington-based – but tend to have an international focus.

    The blog – http://blog.valuecruncher.com/

    Specific NZ content as well – http://blog.valuecruncher.com/2009/06/valuing-the-new-zealand-stock-market-nzsx-2/

    You will also find us on the SeekingAlpha site – http://seekingalpha.com/author/valuecruncher/articles/latest

    Great list.

  • http://defectiveequilibrium.blogspot.com Tom Mathews

    Go us!

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  • http://bkdrinkwater.blogspot.com/ BK Drinkwater

    While I’m flattered to be on the list—especially since my only formal qualification in economics is school cert—I’m not sure I’m worthy of being included in a list that includes real-life economists.

  • http://www.tvhe.co.nz Matt Nolan

    @Peter Hodge

    Nice list on your link as well – cool page

    @Paul Walker

    Damn, that gives Auckland 1 1/2, I better update the post :)

    @Mark Clare

    Hi Mark,

    Cool page, and you do talk about NZ, but our focus here is on Econ blog BASED in NZ. Are you guys based in NZ at all?

    @Tom Mathews

    Hell yea

    @BK Drinkwater

    I’ve seen you discuss economics enough to be included, so you are included. It is a list of blogs who talk about economics enough in a substantive way.

    Now Kiwiblog (and previously the Standard) also discuss economics a fair amount, and in a good way. However, as a “proportion” of the writing they do I didn’t think the economics component was high enough to be included.

    The econblogsphere isn’t just trained economists but also intelligent lay people that can add to the economic debate on issues – which you have done.

  • http://www.tvhe.co.nz rauparaha

    Mark Clare :
    We are Wellington-based – but tend to have an international focus.

  • http://www.tvhe.co.nz Matt Nolan

    @rauparaha

    That will teach me to read comments more carefully. I blame the OCR decision for taking away my focus

    Ok, I’ll add Mark once I’m finished up with some analysis here.

  • http://www.tvhe.co.nz rauparaha

    @Matt Nolan
    I saved you the effort. Since I didn’t even know that there was an OCR announcement today, I guess you’re probably more pressed for time than me ;)

  • http://www.valuecruncher.com Mark Clare

    @rauparaha
    Yes – we are down here in Woodward Street. Very Wellington-based.

    We also do equity research tools (8,000+ companies). For example:

    Telecom NZ – http://www.valuecruncher.com/companies/1097

    and

    Google – http://www.valuecruncher.com/companies/514

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  • http://www.berl.co.nz jason leung-wai

    great blog Matt and a good list – didnt realise there was so much action going on.
    The BERL website http://www.berl.co.nz isnt necessarily a blog but we do post opinions on there quite regularly in our pet areas – currently our bugbear is monetary policy – and there is a comment function…i guess the focus is more on the economy rather than economics per se but does this count?

  • http://www.tvhe.co.nz Matt Nolan

    @jason leung-wai

    Hi Jason,

    Very interesting. I will have to have a think.

    I know both NZIER and Infometrics also put up free commentary – but they don’t have a comments function.

    Have you guys actually thought about started a blog site itself. Both Infometrics and NZIER used to have these types of sites, but they are down now. If there was an independent blog site (such as a separate page on the site called “blog”) then I would definitely stick it down :)

    However, I will have a read over how it is at the moment and think about it – I am a little nervous about linking to a site that looks strictly commercial.

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