Monday, June 20, 2011

A reason to put economics in your feed

You might be surprised. An interesting post at Cheap Talk:
For some kinds of information it may be beneficial to hide the source. For example, pure rhetoric. My ability to judge whether it is convincing or not is based purely on the logical connections between premise and conclusion and my prior beliefs about the plausibility of the premises. Knowing the author of the rhetoric provides no additional information. And if, for psychological reasons, knowing the source biases my interpretation then I am strictly better off having it hidden from me. (At least temporarily)
I like the perspective in this post. I enjoy reading a wide variety of economics blogs on my phone (where it is harder to tell who is the author) whereas I conduct more directed searches on my desktop computer. This post offers one explanation.

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