Most read posts of 2013

As has been the case since I started blogging, I have almost no ability to predict in advance which posts will be popular or not. Here are the most read posts in 2013:

  1. Six signs you’re reading good criticism of economics – It’s slightly depressing that this post, whipped up in half an hour in an airport, was most read for the year. It received over 10,000 views, when other posts that I spend days thinking about are lucky to rack up 1,000.
  2. O-ring and foolproof sectors – Some quick thoughts on Garett Jones’s paper in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Most traffic for this one came through search.
  3. Fertility is going to go up – The good side of blogging – broadcasting my ideas to a wide audience.
  4. Economics and evolutionary biology reading list – The list has received constant traffic for a couple of years now. I keep it updated (and will review again in the next month or so).
  5. The Out-of-Africa Hypothesis: Human genetic diversity and comparative economic development – My opening post on Ashraf andf Galor’s paper linking genetic diversity and economic development. The series of posts I wrote on their paper all received strong traffic (and they’re linked to at the bottom of the first post).
  6. Paleo-hypotheses – Posting on ‘paleo’ is guaranteed traffic, no matter the quality of the post or the thought I have put into it.
  7. Kremer’s O-ring theory of economic development – Most traffic for this post was from click-throughs from number 2 on this list and through search.
  8. The benefits of Chinese eugenics
  9. The IQ barrier
  10. Genetics and the increase in obesity

Author: Jason Collins

Economics. Behavioural and data science. PhD economics and evolutionary biology. Blog at

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