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47 Useful Twitter Feeds for Econ Students


Considering the sorry state of affairs these days, it makes sense that so many college students would find economics an attractive major. After all, understanding how money works will prove key in reversing global fiscal fortunes. Gen-Y types harboring an affinity for all things social media enjoy something of an advantage these days, as they can use sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to connect with others and supplement their classroom lessons. For those particularly piqued by the 140-character format, the following feeds offer up a most excellent start to attaining economic fluency.

Economists

  1. Freakonomics: An economist and a journalist continue their bestselling inquiry into everyday economics into the blog and microblog spheres.

  2. Paul Krugman: Princeton professor and New York Times blogger for Consciousness of a Liberal Paul Krugman discusses intersections between politics and economics.

  3. World Economic Forum: Only the luckiest of students get to attend this yearly gathering of the economists; the rest of ‘em have to follow the proceedings online.

  4. MacroScope: Multiple economists from around the world weigh in on the current shape of things over at this popular blog offered by Reuters.

  5. Modeled Behavior: Two economists and an economics student run a successful blog about their chosen science, with the Twitter offering up both micro thoughts and links back to the site.

  6. Economics Summit: This meeting of the economic minds specifically targets students in the subject, and those who do not attend can keep track of the festivities over the Internet.

  7. umair haque: He directs the Havas Media Labs at Harvard, published multiple books about economics and business, and is considered one of the greatest management minds in the world; Umair Haque should sit on the Twitter feeds of all linked-up college kids majoring or minoring in economics.

  8. William Easterly: An economics professor at NYU who garners both praise and criticism for his views on the mistakes developed nations make when providing aid to the developing.

  9. Jeffrey D. Sachs: Jeffrey D. Sachs teaches and runs the Earth Institute at Columbia University in addition to acting as a Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, according to his Twitter bio. He’s a good one to follow.

Entrepreneurship

  1. Business Roundtable: Learn all about how business leaders are doing their part to try and provide jobs while America’s economy continues slumping.

  2. Bill Gates: Renowned philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates shares his inquiries into both topics for current and future leaders.

  3. Entrepreneur: Everything readers need to know about this magazine is offered right there in the title, and it shares much of its content online.

  4. Entrepreneurship: Stanford’s Graduate School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurial Studies tweets about trends and topics within the business and job creation sectors.

  5. Kiva: Through its innovative microloan system, this nonprofit is nurturing business opportunities in developing regions and helping citizens achieve their professional goals.

  6. YoungEntrepreneur: College kids hoping to flex their business acumen before or after graduation should take advantage of this excellent resource to network and pick up advice.

  7. GEW UK: Try and participate in one of the thousands of events commemorating Global Entrepreneurship Week online and/or off for a broad idea of what ideas float around out there.

  8. Vinod Khosla: Khosla Ventures’ founder considers himself an “entrepreneurship zealot” on his Twitter bio, and his content features content on pretty much exactly what one would expect.

  9. Case Foundation: Launched by an AOL co-founder and his wife, the Case Foundation invests in promising startups related to technology and philanthropy.

  10. Under30CEO: Perfect for the economics student hoping to finally launch his and/or her own company as soon as possible.

Money, Finance, and Business News

  1. The Economist: Economics majors and minors alike must absolutely include this essential magazine as part of their daily Twitter diet.

  2. Forbes: Forbes’ feed presents all the latest news and views regarding business, economics, and entrepreneurship in easily scanned headlines.

  3. Financial Times: As one can probably glean from the title, this Twitter stream by a popular periodical focuses on all things fiscal.

  4. Wall Street Journal: Stay on top of updated business and financial news through one of the most widely embraced relevant resources in the United States.

  5. Business Journals: American business journals hailing from multiple cities big and small get aggregated here, with the most interesting and relevant articles receiving retweets, reposts, and commentaries.

  6. Business Insider: Follow Business Insider for news about the politics and economics of running a company these days, as well as discussions of current trends.

  7. NPR’s Planet Money: Public radio breaks down everything everyone needs to know about how global economics works in a refreshingly accessible manner.

  8. Economic Times: Keep track of domestic and international economics pertaining to India — one of the world’s most influential nations.

  9. Wiley Economics: Publishers Wiley keep followers informed about all the business, financial, and economics stories covered on their blogs and in their journals.

  10. msnbc.com – Business: One of MSNBC’s numerous Twitters just happens to zero in on business and economic subject matter.

Personal Finance

  1. Money Under 30: Everything the target demographic needs to know about personal finance, from credit cards to buying that first home, can be found right here.

  2. Shoestring Magazine: Just as the title says, this periodical, website, and Twitter feed all showcase smart ways to save money and still live an amazing life.

  3. Wise Bread: Wise Bread is considered one of the Internet’s best resources on frugality and personal finance, with some amazing tips and tricks featured.

  4. Ashley Jacobs: The community coordinator from Wise Bread specifically seeks out college kids and recent graduates for her sound fiscal advice regarding their unique situations.

  5. Mint.com: Use the free application Mint when keeping track of home expenditures and savings, then check out their community and Twitter feed for even more information about personal finance.

  6. DailyFinance: Although its Twitter bio states that it can help with weathering recessions, its handy offerings often apply to prosperous times as well.

  7. TeamTurboTax: Regardless of whether or not you use Turbo Tax’s free or paid filing services, you can still take to their microblog to ask tax-related questions.

  8. Smart On Money: From mortgages to credit cards and everything else, Smart On Money covers almost every personal finance subject imaginable.

  9. youngandthrifty: With a moniker like “youngandthrifty,” it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out what this Generation Y-centric blog and microblog emphasizes.

Politics

  1. Federal Reserve: American economics students with a particular interest in politics should consider the Federal Reserve’s official Twitter a must-follow.

  2. National Debt Tweets: Every day, this feed updates with information about how much debt the United States currently holds — a simple premise with international implications.

  3. World Bank: Economic justice stands at the core of the World Bank’s purported tenets, along with sustainability and other green initiatives.

  4. Chief Economist Doms: Mark Doms, who serves as the Chief Economist of the United States Department of Commerce, shares information about interpreting the government’s latest fiscal data.

  5. Economic Action Plan: Check out what Canada is doing to try and drum up jobs and stimulate their economy through this informative Twitter.

  6. FatCatWatch: This watchdog group calls for economic and social justice in addition to transparency, “antigreed,” accountability, and sustainability.

  7. Occupy Wall Street: Whether an economics student agrees with the Occupy movement or not, it still holds considerable influence over the populace’s perceptions of government spending all the same.

  8. Foreign Policy Magazine: Geopolitics and economics are the name of the game at this popular magazine’s official Twitter space.

  9. U.S. Chamber: Explore all the various ins and outs of the United States Chamber of Commerce through its frequently updated feed.

April 11th, 2012 written by Staff Writers

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