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Argmax Named Best of the Web


Looks like Forbes has named ArgMax a “Best of the Web” top-5 pick in the economics blogs category…

Forbes.com Best of the Web
Economics Blogs
It may not be as prestigious as getting published, but blogging has become a popular way for economists to share their insight and opinions with readers from all over the world. The trend, known as econoblogging, has created a community of online opinions that economists, both casual and professional, can read and respond to. The blogosphere creates an environment where economists, Ph.D. candidates and armchair commentators can share the most soporific statistics and the most pragmatic ideas while naturally finding time to disagree and argue with one another. Whether an issue is macroeconomic or microeconomic, domestic or international, it’s sure to be discussed in the blogs below. Will a policy change in China affect how much you pay for gasoline? Do economic indicators indicate that the housing bubble is about to burst in the United States? By reading econoblogs you may not get one answer, but you’ll certainly get your fill of perspectives from a good many not so dismal scientists. — Adam Freedman
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EconLog econlog.econlib.org
Forbes Best of The Web pick
Argmax http://www.argmax.com
Econbrowser http://www.econbrowser.com
Macroblog http://www.macroblog.typepad.com
Winterspeak.com http://www.winterspeak.com
Argmax
http://www.argmax.com
Can computers tell us what we want to know about economics? John Irons, the associate director for tax and budget policy at the Center for American Progress, uses Argmax to answer that question with a firm “yes.” Irons created “bots,” which scour the Internet searching for the latest economic news and post it on the site. Irons compliments the bots with his own commentary, much of which deals with connections between politics and economics, including a spate of recent posts about American tax policy. Irons also attempts to make Argmax more than simply a blog by having features such as a search engine of economists, polls like one asking who should win the Nobel Prize, and an extensive list of links, though some (like his What I’m Reading feature) have little or no relevance to economics.
BEST: The Web site’s clean uncluttered design.
WORST: The Glossary link, which doesn’t work.

Also, the glossary link is now fixed…

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