Economics’ public face has been revolutionized by the internet. In the past, economic issues were discussed in the corridors of academia and at major conferences. Occasionally the public would catch a glimpse of the discussion in the form of Op-Eds or books aimed at the general public, but most of the back-and-forth went on behind the scenes.

Not anymore. Economists have taken to blogging, and their debates now happen out in the open. By following the “econ blogosphere” you can get a front-row seat to watch top economists debate the issues of the day.

Some of the big sites to follow (in alphabetical order):

That should be enough to get you started, but if you want more, check out the top 200 influential Economics blogs.