Getting serious about writing here
Thank you for your enthusiasm about my idea to Substack more regularly! Happy there's an audience for my musings. #PuffiSays listen to the people. Let's do this!
Last week I asked for advice on whether I should post regularly and turn my Substack into one of my part-time gigs. Your response was enthusiastic, and I had fun in my first twice-a-week posts on retail sales and Jackson Hole. I learned some lessons, such as one data release per post and go easy on my Fed outpouring. Will keep improving!
I will do a few more weeks of free content, so you know what I envision for my Substack. The subscriber options are coming soon at $10 per month and free for students. I will continue to do some public posts too.
I always welcome your feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org. I write for an audience not myself. (My internal dialogue on economics is more than enough me.) I am here to share my expertise and views—the ones you would benefit from.
PS Take a look at my interview with Barron’s this week. More in my thread too. Always more in my Twitter threads at @Claudia_Sahm, for better or worse.
The last question sums up my core belief about economic policy well:
You say that the lack of diversity among economists is “degrading economic knowledge and policy advice.” How so?
To do good policy, we need to ask tough questions and understand the reality of many Americans. Few people have a seat at the table when policy makers are given advice; people affected by the policy need to be represented in the room when the advice is given and the policies are made. When everyone looks alike and has the same background, you’re going to miss something and forget about the person not in the room.