Final Post

So I’ve been thinking about finishing up with this blog for a while. I have completed my economics degree now and have a lot less to say than I did before, at least without turning it into the type of blog where I repeat myself, which was never its purpose (its purpose was to allow me to think critically through different topics and ideas). I’ve had about half a million views on this blog over the past 3 years, and over 5000 comments on about 170 posts, all of which I am grateful for (well, almost all of them), but I think the time has finally come to stop using this page. I can’t guarantee I won’t use it again, but I don’t plan to at this stage.

However, don’t think that this entails me disappearing entirely. Here’s what I will be doing:

  • Starting my postgraduate studies in economics.
  • Writing for Pieria as before, but I won’t cross post to my posts from here.
  • Contributing to a new blog/newsletter at IDEAnomics, a new project focused on bringing dynamics to economics and on reforming economics education (I’ll be more involved with the latter). This project is headed by Steve Keen, and the blog/newsletter will (afaik) include contributions from Cameron Murray, Ann Pettifor, Michael Hudson and others. Be sure to subscribe!
  • Tweeting too much.
  • I have uploaded a full-length pdf of my recent series “Is the Economic Crisis a Crisis for Economics?’, and have also posted an abridged, listicled (ha) version on Pieria.
  • I have written an essay for the new student-led journal Perspectivesstarted by the Economics Society at King’s College London, which is expected to be published in October. It is on the subject of whether economics is – or should be – a branch of science or philosophy. Incidentally, Noah Smith just wrote an article in a similar vein, but mine is more long winded comprehensive.
  • I will still respond to emails at unlearningeconomics at gmail dot com (hopefully more reliably than I have done in the past – sorry!) Alternatively, feel free to comment on my ‘About‘ page.
  • Hanging around the blogosphere.

Thanks to my readers, frequent commenters, and followers of various stripes. I will leave you with a few, similar bloggers you should follow if you like my blog, but who I haven’t recommended before (afaik): Cameron Murray at Fresh Economic Thinking; Graham Joncas at Linguistic Capital; Ramanan at The Case for Concerted Action; Squarely Rooted (who wrote this exceptional piece on Piketty); Robert Nielsen; Dan Gay over at Emergent Economics; and Dan Kervick over at Rugged Egalitarianism. Or why not click ‘random post’ in the top left and see if there’s something you haven’t read?

So, erm, keep unlearning, or something…


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  1. #1 by dmerciar on September 3, 2014 - 6:39 pm

    Oh nooooooo!!!

  2. #2 by Jason Smith on September 3, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Good luck in your future endeavors!

  3. #3 by Hedlund on September 3, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    I don’t believe for even a moment that you’ll soak in all that graduate-level economics without being moved to react. Mark my words: You’ll come crawling back. 🙂

    Either way: Best of luck to you.

  4. #4 by dmerciar on September 3, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    I posted this on my blog, when I was about a quarter of the way through my MSc, I hope it’s not as bad for you, but you’re more technical than I was then:

    • #5 by Unlearningecon on September 13, 2014 - 8:39 pm

      Great post! Hope the MSc wasn’t too bad in the end.

  5. #6 by Boatwright on September 3, 2014 - 11:08 pm

    It has always been interesting. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  6. #7 by sail2deepBlue on September 4, 2014 - 3:17 am

    I’m sorry to see you go. Just found you a few months ago over here in the States, and was drawn to sympathy to Post-Keynesian thought (being a “Post-Keynesian socialist is right up my alley).

    So, How will we still recognize you in other endeavors? Will you still be using the “Unlearning Economics” pseudonym?

    Anyway, “cheers” to the degree as they say on your side of the pond, “congrats” on mine. And the best of luck on future endeavors. I’ve really enjoyed the comment, which I allows found to be analytically sharp.

    • #8 by Unlearningecon on September 11, 2014 - 11:52 am

      It will still be under the UE pseudonym. Some day I might ‘reveal’ myself, but not any time soon.

      • #9 by sail2deepBlue on September 11, 2014 - 12:42 pm

        Thank you for the update. I shall be looking out for your commentary. Apologies on the slightly garbled point, above. It should have said, “I have found myself highly sympathetic to Post-Keynesian thought.”

        Best of luck!

  7. #10 by Magpie on September 4, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Oh man!

    But I’ll keep my hopes up: there’s a good chance Hedlund will have the last laugh…

    Congratulations and best of lucks!

  8. #11 by gailbradbrook on September 4, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    I predict your studies will throw up more things you need to help us all unlearn! thanks so much for your insights and sharing Gail x

  9. #12 by AgroEcoDoc on September 4, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Thanks for such excellent work and I look forward to following the next stages of your ruminations!

    (And: don’t knock repetition. It’s a key part of how humans learn! And, I think, interesting and salient when it’s “variations and continued learning on a theme” rather than “yet again I’m proven right” or “like I’ve said again and again”. Not that I’m not completely prone to the latter two!)

  10. #13 by Min on September 4, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Many thanks for this blog and all that you have contributed to your readers. 🙂

  11. #14 by quintessentialedu on September 7, 2014 - 11:48 am

    good luck. all the best! always enjoyed your posts man


  12. #15 by Roman Plotnikov on September 8, 2014 - 6:46 am

    It was a good blog, but as they say, all things must come to an end.
    Wish you luck in your latest endeavours.

  13. #16 by Unlearningecon on September 13, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Thanks for the comments everyone – as always, it’s great to have people making interesting contributions. And of course there is a chance I will come crawling back when the horror of postgraduate economics forces me to do so, but hopefully I can keep it channelled into a few full-length articles elsewhere 🙂

  14. #17 by Blue Aurora on September 14, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Hello Unlearningecon! I haven’t been commenting on your blog nor following it as closely as much as I would have liked to, in part due to decreased frequency on your part (and I suggested the minimum target of once a month at the beginning of this year), and in part due to real world commitments. I would like to apologise for that. But I have to say…

    Ah, shit…if you do go, I understand the reasons for your departure, but I’m going to miss you.

    That stated…have you considered pulling off something like this?

    • #18 by Unlearningecon on September 15, 2014 - 10:59 am

      I did actually consider it at one point, but the difference between Noah and me is that I do not intend this to be a temporary hiatus, but the blog ‘Unlearning Economics’ running its full course and me moving on to something else. IDEA will host a combination of bloggers not dissimilar to the style of this blog, so there’s something 🙂

  15. #19 by cliveliveecosocialist on September 26, 2014 - 1:59 am

    Just borrowed one of your quotes thanks – hope all is going well Clive