Meta (dis)agreement

Over at Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, Nick Rowe writes:

If Paul Krugman had written something I totally disagreed with I would have been much more likely to have written a post saying why I thought he was wrong. I have done that several times in the past. And it would have been a much more interesting post.

Even in this post, which I would not normally have written, I have talked only about the bits where I disagree with Paul Krugman. I said nothing about the bits where I agree (except where I needed to in order to explain more clearly where I disagree).

There is a big selection bias in what we blog about. People reading blog posts who are unaware of this selection bias will get a very distorted view that considerably exaggerates how much disagreement there is between economists.

I was going to write a post in full agreement with this… but that wouldn’t quite work, so I guess that means I disagree.

Oh, wait.

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