50 Top Economics Influencers to Follow

Economics influencers such as academics, journalists, industry professionals and even central bankers frequently take to Twitter to share their daily thoughts on all things economics, finance, monetary policy and politics in concise yet informative 240-character Tweets. With the success of our Top Economics and Finance Bloggers lists and the fact that not all economics inflencers have blogs, we put together a list of 50 top economics influencers that you can follow on Twitter. We have ranked this list by number of followers. This list can be thought of as a living document, therefore, we will edit the list from time to time to keep it up-to-date and suggest more influencers for you to follow. With that said, let's get to the list of 50 top economics influencers:

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1. Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman is an economist that needs no introduction. According to his website he has "at least three jobs." He is a Distinguished Professor at City University of New York’s Graduate Center, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics and perhaps he is best known for his third job, op-ed columnist for the New York Times. The Economist referred to him as the "the most celebrated economist of his generation."


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2. Nate Silver

Nate Silver is an interesting person to be included on this list. Although he is an economist, having graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in economics, and previously worked as an economics consultant, he is most well-known as a statistician and writer, analyzing baseball and elections for FiverThirtyEight, of which he also happens to be the founder. He also wrote the book The Signal and the Noise where he examines, among other things, why so many predictions fail and the power of the consensus. If you are interested in sports, stats, elections and predictions, follow Silver.


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3. Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini is a Turkish economist who grew up in Italy before moving to the United States where he received a doctorate from Harvard University. He currently teaches at NYU's Stern School of Business and is chairman of Roubini Macro Associates, an economic consultancy firm.


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4. Justin Wolfers

Justin Wolfers is an Australian economist. He is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a member of the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Advisers, among other appointments. His research focuses on labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, law and economics, social policy and behavioral economics.


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5. Tim Harford

Tim Harford is a senior columnist for the Financial Times. Having worked at Shell, The World Bank, and as an educator at Oxford University, Harford draws on his life experiences to bring a unique perspective to economics, business and politics and how they affect us in our everyday lives. Give his account a follow.


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6. Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz is an American author, newspaper columnist, blogger, equities analyst and is the founder and chief investment officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management. He is a frequent guest and commentator on economics and finance for major news outlets such as Bloomberg where he also hosts a podcast called Masters in Business. Economists by nature tend to be pessimistic and sometimes Ritholtz can take a pessimistic tone, however, that may have more to do with being an avid New York Knicks basketball fan than an economist.


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7. Pedro da Costa

Pedro da Costa is a Senior Correspondent for Business Insider, writing commentary and analysis on the Federal Reserve, economics and financial markets. He has been writing about economics and financial markets dating back to 2001 having previously covered the Federal Reserve and economics for the Wall Street Journal as well as monetary policy for Reuters.


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8. Catherine Rampell

Catherine Rampel is a data-driven journalist formerly of the New York Times and currently an opinion columnist for the Washington Post and a contributor to CNN. She frequently covers economics, public policy, politics and culture.


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9. Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is a professor at George Mason University and currently the L. Harris Chair of Economics and chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center at GMU. Cowen frequently appears in the media as a writer and opinion contributor to media outlets such as the New York Times and Bloomberg.


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10. Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik is a Turkish economist and professor at Harvard University whose research covers globalization, economic growth and development, and political economy. Rodrik is also currently President-Elect of the International Economic Association.


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11. Noah Smith

Noah Smith is an economist who is an opinion writer for Bloomberg, blogs at noahpinion and is formerly a professor of finance at Stony Brook University. He also recently received his blue checkmark on Twitter.


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12. Ben White

Ben White is Politico's chief economic correspondent and formerly reported on finance and economics for media outlets such as the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Washington Post. White is also the author of Politico's "Morning Money" column, which covers the "nexus finance and public policy."


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13. David Wessel

David Wessel is a senior fellow on Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He joined Brookings in December of 2013 having formerly been on the staff of the Wall Street Journal for 30 years where he won two Pulitzer Prize awards. Before joining Brookings, he was the WSJ economics editor and is still a contributing correspondent.


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14. Austan Goolsbee

Another economist who served as Chairman of the Obama Administration's Council of Economic Advisers, Austan Goolsbee was the youngest ever member of the cabinet of President Barack Obama. He is currently the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His ability to explain economics in a clear and understandable way has earned him a lot of recognition in the media with Jon Stewart, the former host of the Daily Show, referring to him as "Eliot Ness meets Milton Friedman." In addition to his position at the University of Chicago, he also serves on the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


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15. Steve Hanke

Steve Hanke is a Professor of Applied Economics at The Johns Hopkins University. He is also a Senior Fellow and Director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. He is a columnist at Forbes, a well-known currency reformer, and a commodity trader. He served on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, advised five foreign heads of state and five foreign cabinet ministers, and held a cabinet-level rank in Lithuania and Montenegro. He was President of Toronto Trust Argentina in Buenos Aires in 1995, when it was the world’s best-performing mutual fund.


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16. Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey is a veteran journalist who formlery covered economic policy for the New York Times and currently reports on economic policy and politics for The Atlantic.


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17. Brad DeLong

Brad Delong is an economic historian and a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkley. Delong also worked in the U.S. government, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration working on the 1993 budget and NAFTA, among other initiatives. He is also one of the original members of the economic blogosphere, having blogged for over 20 years with his personal blog currently entitled Grasping Reality with Both Hands.


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18. Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein is a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities having joined in May 2011. Prior to that he was the Chief Economics and Economics Adviser to Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden and a member of President Obama's economics team. Bernstein's areas of expertise are fiscal policy, income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, and finance and housing market analysis.


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19. Steve Keen

Steve Keen is an Australian economist and a professor of economics at the University of Kingston in London. His content generally focuses on macroeconomic analysis sprinkled in with his contrarian economic ideas and criticisms of neoclassical economics. He is now publishing a column twice a week on Russia Today and in addition to following him on Twitter you can also catch his podcasts on Patreon, which have become quite popular of late.


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20. Ben Casselman

Ben Casselman is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. He currently writes for the New York Times on economics and other business related topics and takes a particular focus on stories involving data.


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21. Dean Baker

Dean Baker is an American economist and the co-founder and senior economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). He is frequently cited in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN and CNBC, among others. He also writes for the CEPR, in his blog, Beat the Press, which features his commentary on economic reporting. He received his PhD in economics from the Univeristy of Michigan.


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22. Mark Thoma

Mark Thoma is a professor of economics at the University of Oregon specializing in macroeconomics and econometrics. His research focuses on monetary policy effects on the economy. He has also worked on political business cycle models and models of transportation dynamics.


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23. Frances Coppola

Frances Coppola previously worked in banks for 17 years and now she covers them along with finance and economics more generally for publications such as Forbes. She did an MBA at the Cass Business School in London where she specialized in financial risk management. Her blog, Coppola Comment is one of our Top Economics and Finance Blogs and is a regular feature on the FT's Alphavilla blog.


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24. Constantin Gurdgiev

Constantin Gurdgiev is a Russian-Irish economist and currently a Professor of Finance at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey, California, and an Adjunct Professor of Finance with Trinity College, Dublin. His research is concentrated in the fields of investment markets, social impact investment, Financial Risk Management, and geopolitical and macroeconomic risk and uncertainty analysis relating to financial markets. Gurdgiev has served as the Head of Research and Partner with St Columbanus AG (Switzerland), the Head of Macroeconomics with IBM, and the Director of Research with NCB Stockbrokers, Ltd (Ireland).


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25. Betsey Stevenson

Betsey Stevenson is an economist and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She was a member of the Obama administration's Council of Economic Advisers and also previously served as the Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Labor.


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26. Barry Eichengreen

Barry Eichengreen is an American economist that holds the title of the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science a the Univeristy of California, Berkeley. He has been published widely on the history and current operation of international monetary and financial system and served as a senior policy adviser at the International Monetary Fund.


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27. Adam Posen

Adam Posen is an American economist and has been the President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics since 2013. Over his career, Posen has been particularly vocal in his writings regarding the economic and financial challenges faced by the European Union since the adoption of the euro, Japan's economic hardships since the 1990s as well as the fiscal and monetary policies of the G7 countries. Posen has a BA and a PhD from Harvard University and currently advises the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.


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28. Daniel Lacalle

Daniel Lacalle is Chief Economist at Tressis, SV, a PhD in Economics and author of Life In The Financial Markets, The Energy World Is Flat” (Wiley) and Escape from the Central Bank Trap (BEP). He has been ranked as one of the Top 20 Economists in the World by Richtopia and has over 24 years of experience in the energy and finance sectors.


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29. Alan B. Krueger

Alan B. Krueger is the Bedheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University in New Jersey. Some of the topics that Krueger has covered extensively in his published writings are the economics of education, unemployment, labor demand, income distribution, social insurance, labor market regulation, terrorism and the environment. Krueger has held many prestigious positions during his career in the U.S. public sector, including being a member of the Obama Administration cabinet and serving as the Chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers.


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30. Alex Tabarrok

Alex Tabarrok is a professor of economics at George Mason University and holds the Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center. He is the co-founder of Marginal Revolution University and the popular blog by the same name along with another influencer on our list, Tyler Cowen.


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31. Diane Coyle

Diane Coyle is a British economist at the University of Manchester and also a fellow in the National Office for Statistics. She has previously worked as an economist at the UK treasury and in the media for the BBC and the Independent, among others.


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32. Miles Kimball

Miles Kimball is the Eugene D. Eaton Jr. Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado and also a columnist for Quartz. Kimball refers to himself as the "supply-side liberal" and he "holds many strong opinions—open to revision in response to cogent arguments—that do not line up neatly with either the Republican or Democratic Party." His account is one to follow.


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33. Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Mike Shedlock a.k.a. Mish is a registered investment advisor representative for SitkaPacific Capital Management and runs the blog Mish Talk, a daily blog on global economics. Mish focuses on "the global macro picture, both foreign and domestic [...] jobs, currencies, gold, equities, interest rates, GDP, and the impacts of political decisions on the markets."


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34. Jodi Beggs

Jodi Beggs is an economist and lecturer at Northeastern University. Her research is concentrated in behavioral economics and incentives as well as bit of data science. Beggs has a unique ability to make economics more appealing to a wider audience with her witty, humorous yet educational style of communication.


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35. Wolf Richter

Wolf Richter is a former c-level employee with various multinational and venture capital firms. He covers everything from business, to finance, to economics and commodities. Richter also runs the website, WOLF STREET, an often cynical or tongue-in-cheek blog that digs into economic, business, and financial issues, complex entanglements, and other debacles or opportunities in the US, Europe, Japan, China, and occasionally some other locations.


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36. David Andolfatto

David Andolfatto, by his own account, is a former construction worker turned academic, and now currently a central banker at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. If you want to get the almost daily perspective of a central banker, this is an account to follow.


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37. Roger E. A. Farmer

Roger E. Farmer is Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, Research Director at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He is particularly known for his work on the macroeconomics of self-fulfilling prophecies. Learn more about that and more by following this account.


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38. Rachel Glennerster

Rachel Glennerster is a British economist and currently the Chief Economist for the UK Department for International Development. Glennerster has previously worked for the IMF and the UK Treasury. She has a PhD in economics from Birkbeck College, University of London.


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39. Evan Soltas

Evan Soltas is an incoming PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his current research in the fields of public economics and political economy. Soltas has been writing on economics for some time with his previous work having been cited in Bloomberg, the Financial Times, the New York Times and Vox.


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40. Jennifer Doleac

Jennifer Doleac is an Associate Professor of Economics at Texis A&M University. She is also the Founding Director of the Justice Tech Lab and a Nonresident Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, among other appointments. Her research focuses on the economics of crime and discrimination, and more specifically on the impact of both technology and surveillance on public safety.


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41. Leah Boustan

Leah Boustan is a professor of economics at the Princeton University. Her interests within the field of economics lie at the interstection of economic history, labor economics and urban economics.


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42. Tim Worstall

Tim Worstall is a writer and Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute in London. He also happens to be one of the global experts on the metal scandium, one of the rare-earth metals - something he describes as, "an odd thing to be but someone does have to be such and in this flavour of our universe I am." Worstall has written for The Times, Daily Telegraph, Express, Independent, City AM, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer and online for the ASI, IEA, Social Affairs Unit, Spectator, The Guardian, The Register and Techcentralstation.


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43. Owen Zidar

Previously an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, as well as an analyst at Bain Capital Ventures, Owen Zidar is now an Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Zidar is a public finance economist who studies the taxation of firms and top earners, local fiscal policy, and the creation and distribution of economic profits.


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44. Catherine L Mann

Catherine L Mann was the Chief Economist and Head of the Economics Department of the OECD and has recently become the Chief Global Economist for Citi. Mann has a BA in Economics from Harvard, where she graduated magna cum laude and a PhD in International Economics from MIT.


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45. Ed Dolan

Ed Dolan is an American economist who holds a PhD in economics from Yale University. Dolan is a well-travelled economist, having taught all over the world such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Latvia and Russia, where he founded the American Institute for Business and Economics. He has been recently appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center. He has also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and as an adviser to the National Bank of Kazakhstan.


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46. Timothy taylor

Timothy Taylor is an American economist and currently serves as the managing editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a quarterly academic journal produced at Macalester College and published by the American Economic Association. He has been a lecturer and professor of economics. At Stanford, he was winner of the award for excellent teaching in a large class given by the Associated Students of Stanford University. He was also voted Teacher of the Year by the master's degree students at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the Univeristy of Minnesota. So, if you are looking to learn more about economics, Taylor would be a good one to follow.


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47. Antonio Fatas

Antonio Fatas is a professor at INSEAD Business School, a Senior Policy Scholar at the Center for Business and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business (Georgetown University, USA) and a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (London, UK). So, it's safe to say, he's qualified. Fatas shares his views on economic and financial market trends through his social media accounts and blog.


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48. Francesco Saraceno

Francesco Saraceno is an Italian economist working in France as a senior economist at OFCE Sciences-Po. He holds PhDs in economics from Columbia University and La Sapienza University of Rome. Saraceno's research and teaching focuses on macroeconomics and economic policy, especially at the European level.


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49. Chad Hagan

Chad Hagan is a financier and author and is a dyed-in-the-wool market skeptic. Hagan is a contrarian, steeped in liberal economics, and noted for his take no prisoners approach to deals and investments. As the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Hagan Capital Group, investments led by Chad have been covered by global business news including Reuters, Bloomberg, Fortune and The Wall Street Journal. Give him a follow.


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50. James Picerno

Picerno has been writing about investing and macroeconomics since the early 1990s at Bloomberg, Dow Jones and other media groups before becoming an independent writer and analyst in 2008. He is also the editor of The Capital Spectator, a blog that mostly covers macroeonomics, the business cycle and portfolio strategy.


That's the end of the list of 50 top economics influencers to follow. If you have any feedback on the list or have any economics influencers that you think we should consider adding to the list, please contact us at blog@focus-economics.com.


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