More useful to science [than being subjectively original] — and more truly fulfilling if you can bring it off — is to try to stay informed on what other scientists have done and to advance the frontier by your own quantum jumps. – Paul Samuelson
A Fine Theorem is a summary of recent economics research written by Kevin Bryan (kevin.bryan AT rotman.utoronto.ca), an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. My academic page can be found at http://www.kevinbryanecon.com. I tend to read within my fields of interest – innovation, micro theory, and philosophy/methodology – though posts are not exclusive to those areas. This site at heart is really just a way for me to keep track of articles I might need in my own research, nothing more. The RSS feed of new posts on this site is also syndicated on Twitter via @Afinetheorem.
Unsurprisingly, I am only really aware of frontier research in my own narrow fields, so I enjoy reading blogs which cover novel research in other areas of social science. Though there are lots of good social science blogs which are not as focused on exploring new research, I particularly enjoy the following research-heavy venues:
Cheap Talk is written by the well-known Northwestern theorists Jeff Ely and Sandeep Baliga
Chris Blattman’s blog occasionally discusses interesting new work in political economy and development
The Growth Economics Blog by Houston’s Dietz Vollrath has frequent interesting discussions of research on economic growth, particularly theoretical work
The Leisure of the Theory Class, a well-named blog by a group of theorists including Penn’s Rakesh Vohra, Kellogg’s Eran Shmaya and Olin’s Jonathan Weinstein, often covers some very nice results in high theory
The NEP-HIS blog covers, once a week or so, a new working paper on economic history, generally written up by grad students
Pseudo-Erasmus writes very interesting posts on economic history, particularly concerning the Industrial Revolution
A Sociologist’s Commonplace Book by Michigan’s Dan Hirschman provides nice insights from an economic sociologist’s viewpoint.
Trade Diversion by Booth’s Jonathan Dingel is a nice resource on trade
The Why Nations Fail blog by MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Harvard’s James Robinson is self-recommending if you care about the intersection of political development and economic outcomes