Each country’s central bank is in charge of the macroeconomy, and they are good sources of information about macroeconomics. The US central bank is called the Federal Reserve (“Fed” for short) and all of the Fed’s regional branches are good sources of information, notably:
- New York Liberty Street Economics
- Saint Louis FREDblog
- Saint Louis On The Economy Blog
- Atlanta MacroBlog
- San Francisco Fed Blog
The UK’s central bank mostly publishes dense research or dull meeting notes, but they also publish speeches for the general public.
The International Monetary Fund is has a blog with a global focus.
Other media organizations include:
- SGH MacroAdvisors is a consulting business that collects media articles when reporters interview their economists and it tends to be a pretty good selection.
- The Brookings Institution has a series about the US economy.
- Project Syndicate
- NY Times Upshot Section and Economic View section are written by top academic social scientists and their Economics section is also good. Free subscription for Bluffton students via the library. Highly accurate news and although the organization has a center-left reputation, they hire economists from both sides of the political spectrum to write.
- Wall Street Journal NEWS sections. Unfortunately this is all behind a paywall, so I won’t include a link, but you can read it in the library. Please do not confuse their news section with their Opinion section (also sometimes called their editorial section). That is a completely separate organization that just happens to be published by the same organization. The organization is owned by the same media company as Fox News and although the WSJ news is as reliable as any top news organization, the Opinion section is pretty much a literary version of Fox News. All of the Wall Street Journal’s work has the sort of conservative political slant that is typical of news outlets that cater to high-income businesspeople like The Economist and the Financial Times, but the WSJ’s Opinion section is run by an editorial board whose mission is to influence political and culture-war battles whereas their News sections are run by a news board whose mission is to be accurate and informative.
- The Economist magazine and the Financial Times newspaper are probably the most respected business and economics news organizations in the world. They are considered somewhat conservative in the UK where they are based, but that does not always translate to where the center-right is in the US. They combine editorial commentary and news more than in the American tradition of journalism, but their facts are as accurate as in any news organization. I only included a link to The Economist magazine because they give five articles free per month and you can create accounts with more than one email address to get multiples of five articles each month. It is also available in the library. The Financial Times requires a paid subscription.
A few of the blogs that often write about macroeconomics include