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Looking to make this as useful as possible, please suggest some new forum categories.

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Something around government policy might be more helpful. Possibly broken down by government departments. I know this is not really convenient, given the joining up of lots of policies, and it might just result in departmental economists staying within their own forum categories.
Jack Gannaway said:
Something around government policy might be more helpful.

I think something around the general topics of government policy would make sense

Jack Gannaway said:
Possibly broken down by government departments. I know this is not really convenient, given the joining up of lots of policies, and it might just result in departmental economists staying within their own forum categories.

However I'm not sure that categorising this by government department really makes sense (not least because it would require a restructure every time their is a machinery of government change). Perhaps more sensible to have major topics based around the economic themes underlying government policy. For instance my current area of work is pensions. A topic on "pensions" might makes sense (it cuts across DWP, HMT and FSA at least and DBERR has an interest) or possibly even a wider one on "savings".

I'm not sure how much a departmental discussion forum would add - I can usually talk to my colleagues here relatively easily anyway.
David,

I agree that government policy area makes more sense - restructuring could get rather annoying after a while.

While I don't necessarily think it is absolutely necessary, a departmental forum might be useful to save on tons of people being spuriously included in endless CC lists. Individuals could contribute to a debate if they wanted to, rather than having it shoved into their inbox. Also, if someone doesn't add you to a CC list then you don't know what's going on! If everything is out in the open on a forum then everyone can see all the ongoing discusions.
Current Economic Issues Forum? Discussing things like the current financial crisis etc. Maybe this could be a sub category within Macro!
Thanks.. all good ideas!

Current Economic Climate should serve for contemporary discussion
Efficiency Analysis for all us applied microeconomists who still cant understand why other economists are wasting their time on PPP!!! Leave it alone and do something more interesting instead... like gardening...
The obvious one is the current crisis, and I would suggest a forum which helps divide the effected areas such as Stocks, Foreign Exchange, Commodity markets, Government behaviour etc etc etc. In addition, it may be worth having one which looks at behaviours of Central Banks as well.
I can see that there already alot of forums for current economic climate, and now there is one for financial markets

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