Thursday, February 3, 2022

Reset and Reflections

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away...I started this blog. It's been 13 years to the day that my first post went live. I never dreamed when I started that it would take me on such a strange wonderful journey, down paths I never dreamed of going down. Blogging has brought me professional success and recognition, and put me in touch with many talented and intelligent people that have enriched my thinking and my life. It's been at turns illuminating, exhilarating, exasperating and frightening. All this from just a desire to openly express my thoughts on that driest of subjects, economics.

Three years ago, I took a decision to step back. I'd reached a point where I thought I'd said all I wanted to say. I'd also just lost my father, I was working in a new role with significantly larger responsibilities, and I also started taking better care of myself, working out to keep fit. All this took a toll on my time and energy. It felt like it was time to let younger and fresher voices to take on the challenges of the present. I thought my time had passed.

But that itch to write has never left. Blogging was a daily part of my routine for over ten years, and lately that itch has started growing again. So time and responsibilities permitting, I'm going to start writing again.

The past two years of dealing with a pandemic has accelerated a growing trend towards reexamining and reassessing many of the cherished foundations of economics, both macro and micro. There has never been a more exciting time to be an economist in recent memory. What started off as a questioning of the orthodoxy during the GFC has morphed with Covid into a battle of ideas we have not seen since the heyday of Keynes and Hayek. I want to put in my 2 cents worth.

So, hello world. Again.