For My Next Blog. . . .

12 April 2008 at 11:55 pm 17 comments

| Peter Klein |

What would be a fun and cool name for an econ-org-strategy-methodology-law-history-culture blog? I mean something clever, like Marginal Revolution, Asymmetrical Information [“Asymmetric”?], Division of Labour, Truck and Barter, Knowledge Problem, ArgMax, and the like. “Organizations and Markets” is descriptive, and easy to remember, but not terribly witty. Here are some better names. (These are mostly inside jokes, so they’re either funny or they’re not.)

  • Stochastic Dominance
  • Fundamental Transformation
  • Apodictic Certainty
  • Exogenous Shock
  • Rationality Unbound

I believe these URLs are still available (cybersquatters, take note). Readers, what would you suggest?

Entry filed under: - Klein -, Ephemera.

Heard on NPR This Morning Do Economists Believe in “Atomistic Individualism”?

17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul Walker  |  13 April 2008 at 2:52 am

    Proudly Dismal. For the reason why, for those who don’t know, see The Dismal Science.

  • 2. Joseph Logan  |  13 April 2008 at 4:12 am

    Exogenous Shock has a nice ring to it. Doesn’t quite say what it is, but a quick scan would clear that up. Hard to beat “Organizations and Markets”, though; when I saw that I knew immediately what it would be and have consequently been reading just about every day since. I guess the only steer would be to avoid flash over substance and clarity, which you already have.

  • 3. VK  |  13 April 2008 at 8:36 am

    Well, it is a matter of choice between clarity and ingenuity. I would converge to “Exogenous Shock”, but still I rather find it pretty dull.

    I you still need something witty I would say:

    – Homo Oeconomicus in Motion
    – Economics Unbound
    – Paradigm Shift
    – Economics Reloaded
    – Wandering among Econs

    The last originates from “Living with the Econs” of Godelier

  • 4. jeremy hunsinger  |  13 April 2008 at 12:44 pm

    ‘our market failure’
    ‘splitting organizations’
    ‘amongst markets’
    ‘there was a time’

  • 5. Shawn Ritenour  |  13 April 2008 at 4:46 pm

    “Praxeology R Us’

    “Mises, Nicolai, and Me”

    “Defenders of the Undefendable”

    “Fables of the Firms”

  • 6. Rafe Champion  |  13 April 2008 at 5:44 pm

    “Hot Steaming Ideas in Motion”
    “Austrians Just Want to Have Fun”
    “Sex and the Single Praxeologist”

    I think a lot of the other suggestions are pretty good too!

  • 7. Joe Mahoney  |  13 April 2008 at 10:20 pm

    How about a blog name that is a statistical term and which can also serve as an oxymoron: STANDARD DEVIATION

  • 8. Peter Klein  |  13 April 2008 at 10:41 pm

    My friend Anna, who teaches high-school statistics, suggests these for a stat blog:

    * This Blog Is Phat [for p-hat]
    * Reject That Ho [for the null hypothesis]

    Going with the Misesian theme, how about

    * My Years with Nicolai Foss
    * Nicolai Foss: Scholar, Creator, Hero

    OK, maybe for book titles, not so good for blogs.

  • 9. Bart  |  14 April 2008 at 2:31 am

    Probable Uncertainties

  • 10. Michael Greinecker  |  14 April 2008 at 7:32 am

    Free Lunch

    Free Disposal

    Cardinal Sins and Utilities

    Equilibrium on the Cross

    Diminishing Returns

    Money as an Asset

    Cash in Advance

    Bills on the Sidewalk

    Gold Standard

    The Cost of Everything

    Counting Equilibria

    Cheap Talk

    Credible Threat

  • 11. Nat Almirall  |  14 April 2008 at 7:37 am


  • 12. Bob  |  14 April 2008 at 8:53 am

    I suggest “Apoptosis” a term from biology referring to the programmed death or life cycle of cells in multicelluar organisms. Ok it’s a stretch, but you could say your blog is about the life cycle of organizations. And it is a cool word.

  • 13. Peter Klein  |  14 April 2008 at 9:21 am

    Excellent suggestions, everyone. Perhaps I should up the ante by asking for the tagline too. E.g.:

    Intendedly informative, insightful, and entertaining, but only limitedly so

  • 14. Per Bylund  |  14 April 2008 at 2:12 pm


    Or maybe something like EquiLibrarium or TANSTology.

  • 15. Unit  |  14 April 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Size matters — Firm principles in an emergent world

  • 16. Mrs. Miller  |  15 April 2008 at 8:53 am

    Tag line: Just Another Tequila Sunrise

  • 17. REW  |  15 April 2008 at 10:24 am

    … the sense of economics

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Nicolai J. Foss | home | posts
Peter G. Klein | home | posts
Richard Langlois | home | posts
Lasse B. Lien | home | posts


Former Guests | posts


Recent Posts



Our Recent Books

Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein, Organizing Entrepreneurial Judgment: A New Approach to the Firm (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Peter G. Klein and Micheal E. Sykuta, eds., The Elgar Companion to Transaction Cost Economics (Edward Elgar, 2010).
Peter G. Klein, The Capitalist and the Entrepreneur: Essays on Organizations and Markets (Mises Institute, 2010).
Richard N. Langlois, The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism: Schumpeter, Chandler, and the New Economy (Routledge, 2007).
Nicolai J. Foss, Strategy, Economic Organization, and the Knowledge Economy: The Coordination of Firms and Resources (Oxford University Press, 2005).
Raghu Garud, Arun Kumaraswamy, and Richard N. Langlois, eds., Managing in the Modular Age: Architectures, Networks and Organizations (Blackwell, 2003).
Nicolai J. Foss and Peter G. Klein, eds., Entrepreneurship and the Firm: Austrian Perspectives on Economic Organization (Elgar, 2002).
Nicolai J. Foss and Volker Mahnke, eds., Competence, Governance, and Entrepreneurship: Advances in Economic Strategy Research (Oxford, 2000).
Nicolai J. Foss and Paul L. Robertson, eds., Resources, Technology, and Strategy: Explorations in the Resource-based Perspective (Routledge, 2000).

%d bloggers like this: