Joe Mahon - Economist, Analyst
Published September 1, 2009 | September 2009 issue
When economist Dave Altig (formerly of the Cleveland Fed) was tapped in August 2007 for his current job as director of Research at the Atlanta Fed, a lot of policy wonks mourned the loss of his Web site, macroblog. After all, Altig was a pioneer of the economics blogosphere, his site was one of the more popular economics blogs and, at the dawn of the financial crisis and recession, his analysis would have been particularly valuable. Alas, Altig announced he had new responsibilities and had to put the blog on hiatus indefinitely.
Now macroblog is back and even better. While Altig is still the chief correspondent, the blog now features commentary and research updates from other economists at the Atlanta Fed. Recent entries—it’s updated twice a week—have focused on the recession and recovery, but financial markets and fiscal and monetary policy are other frequent subjects. The blog also features detailed dissections of data—on everything from employment to inflation to housing.