I have never had as many responses to a post as I have had to this one. And the results are in. The new economist blogger you most want to see is Joe Stiglitz, followed by Daron Acemoglu. Here is the full tabulation, as of this morning:
Following up on my promise, I have written to both Stiglitz and Acemoglu, encouraging them to start a blog. Here is the text of the e-mail to Stiglitz:
I hope you are well.
I asked readers of my blog the other day which economist they would most like to see start a blog, promising that I would make a personal appeal to the winner of the poll. (See http://rodrik.typepad.com/dani_rodriks_weblog/2007/09/a-good-day-for-.html.) Well, you may not be surprised to find that you topped the list, followed by Daron Acemoglu. So here is my appeal: please start a blog! There are a lot of people out there who want to hear more from you. It’s a great way to reach out to the interested public, and I have found it a very rewarding experience.
And if you feel like sending in a short contribution to my blog, or even being a “guest blogger, I would be delighted of course.
Daron Acemoglu got this e-mail:
Umarim iyisin. Gecen gun blogumda okuyucularima soyle bir soru sordum: en cok hangi ekonomistin bir blog baslatmasini isterdiniz? (http://rodrik.typepad.com/dani_rodriks_weblog/2007/09/a-good-day-for-.html) En cok oyu alanla sahsen temasa gecip, ikna etmeye calisacagima dair de soz verdim. Siralamada en ustte Stiglitz ile sen ciktiniz. Ben de okuyucularin dileklerini sana iletiyorum: lutfen bir blog baslat! Senin dusuncelerini daha yakindan takip etmek isteyen kalabalik bir merakli kitlesi var. Onlara erisebilmek icin blog harika bir arac.
Bu arada benim bloguma da bir-ki kelime birsey yollamak, ya da “guest blogger”lik yapmak istersen cok sevinirim tabi.
Here is my next question. Does Turkey have too many or too few great economists given its size and economic standing?
UPDATE: Daron Acemoglu responds by saying blogging "seems like a lot of work." He adds "I am already overcommitted, so it's a bit scary to take something else on." But he promises to send a "guest blog" at some point.
UPDATE2: Anya Stiglitz writes back to say that she and Joe have been on the road in Ethiopia and without regular e-mail access. Apparently, Stiglitz has been doing a bit of blogging on the NYTimes website to cover for Nick Kristoff.