Best (Old) Journal Articles I Read in 2015

One of the few sad things about becoming a grad student is that I read books less and less. That means less econ and less non-econ books. Well, the non-econ group was limited before too... According to Goodreads, I only read 28 books in 2015, down from the 70's a few years ago. But most of those are textbooks or collections of articles that I read enough of to justify saying I "read" them.

Economics, at least much of modern economics, is dominated by journals and that is reflected in my reading habits. Whenever my wife asks what I did all day and I say "read and wrote" (it should be the reverse, whoops), that means articles. I still probably actually read more than I should (compared to skimming/"reading" for research).

Because of this, I can't do those fun posts about the best books I read in 2015 like other blogs or like I did last year. I need to get back to books soon... I miss books :'(

Anyways, where was I? Oh yes. Those old articles.

Well, some of the articles I read were actually good and after some feedback on Twitter I decided to do an end of the year recap of those articles. Most of them I read since June for silly-things-about-Phd-programs reasons.  I'm thankful for many of these suggestions which came from my good friends on social media. They might seem a bit eclectic, but I liked them... The one's related to my research are marked with a *, if anyone can reconstruct what I'm working on. In no particular order, (some gated)

Come to think of it. They weren't all old. I'm still read some new articles too that were a lot of fun.

So there they are. They each taught me a lot and were fun for me to read. I don't know how many other people will find them fun, but I sure did.

I can't imagine how much fun stuff I'll get to read in 2016. I love this job!

2 thoughts on “Best (Old) Journal Articles I Read in 2015

  1. Nice list. I'm intrigued to see whatever project you have that is related to both global games and taxation of height.

    I will say that reading the working paper version of the "Strategic Mass Killings" paper years ago as RA for an empirical project on ethnic violence is a big part of the reason I'm not a development economist. It's just too gruesome for me.

    Your list inspired me to some end of year reflection on my own reading, so I made a similar best of list, though given my tastes I don't know if mine would be of interest to any other economists...

    • David,

      I'm glad you liked the list and I'm glad to see it inspired your blog post.

      Admittedly, my original comment is a little misleading. I am working on a few different projects. Because my interests are diverse, they don't overlap a ton, so I'm left reading optimal taxation *and* global games. At least it keeps me entertained.

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