This is a communications exercise. Grading is based almost entirely on spelling and grammar. Dr. Tufte steers and corrects the economics of the students through the comments.
The goal of this exercise is for students to play with the economics ideas that interest them. But they must do their playing in a form that presents themselves well. The classroom analog is an open-ended discussion. The business analog is talking shop over lunch.
When assigned to post, students must produce 1 post that must link to some primary source. This is graded out of 100 points.
When assigned to comment, students must produce 2 comments (links to primary sources are nice but not required). Each of these is worth 50 points.
Over the course of the semester, all of a student's blogging constitutes
This blog is public and anonymous. Dr. Tufte occasionally has difficulty differentiating comments that should be graded from those that shouldn't be. I apologize in advance for attaching a grade to something I shouldn't have scored.