Category Archives: Housekeeping

Research resources that I recommend

While advising PhD students, I find myself repeatedly suggesting the same tools and tricks. Since these are general-purpose technologies, the following list of resources that I regularly recommend to my students might interest others as well. Going forward, I’ll update this webpage, not this blog post.




The job market

  • One year before you’ll be on the market, read John Cawley’s very comprehensive Guide and Advice For Economists on the US Junior Academic Job Market. The process will be more coherent and less intimidating if you see the big picture from the beginning.
  • Give a full draft of your paper to your advisors in June. Sharing something in September is too late.

Trade Diversion on Twitter

Happy new year! I’ve created a Twitter account for the blog. In addition to announcing new posts, @TradeDiversion will occasionally link to or retweet content that doesn’t warrant a full blog post. For example:

You can follow @TradeDiversion on Twitter or see the tweets in the column on the right of the blog’s frontpage,

The trade blogosphere in 2011

I launched Trade Diversion in July 2005, six years and 1400 blog posts ago. The trade blogosphere has evolved quite a bit since then. Some authors have gone quiet; some domain registrations have lapsed. Some big names started blogging; some trade folks shifted focus to other topics. Some graduated from commenting on others’ posts to regularly producing their own; some are still going strong after all these years. My blogging has admittedly slowed as my research projects have proliferated.

On the whole, it seems that there’s been more exit than entry in the trade blogosphere over the last six years. Yes, Twitter emerged as a way to get trade policy news directly from trade reporters, but my reading list is shorter than it used to be. Have I missed new entrants? Whose blog should I be reading that isn’t already on my blogroll in the right sidebar? Please submit your recommendations in the comments section!

Server change, possible service interruption

Thanks for reading Trade Diversion. In a couple of hours, I am moving the blog to a new server and switching to WordPress, so there may be some hiccups on Tuesday. If you don’t see a new post in your RSS reader announcing a successful migration by sometime Wednesday, please check in your browser for a status update or new RSS/XML feed.

I’ve been having some technical difficulties over the last week or so, please bear with me.

Weekend reading

My exams are next week, but after that I promise a return to actual blogging — more than mere links and excerpts!

In the meantime, you might enjoy:

Dan Drezner & others discussing global governance at Cato Unbound.

A Business Week story on measuring productivity gains in the presence of offshoring: “But new evidence suggests that shifting production overseas has inflicted worse damage on the U.S. economy than the numbers show. BusinessWeek has learned of a gaping flaw in the way statistics treat offshoring, with serious economic and political implications. Top government statisticians now acknowledge that the problem exists, and say it could prove to be significant.” [HT: Thoma]

VoxEU, a new portal from the CEPR featuring numerous top economists, including recent columns by Paul Collier & Tony Venables, Andrew K. Rose, Simon Evenett, and others.

Light blogging ahead

The recent downturn in posting has been due to my upcoming exams. I’ll continue to post links and snippets over the next few weeks, but it’s unlikely that I’ll have time for lengthy pieces. Full-scale Trade Diversion will resume in mid-June. Thanks for reading.