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twitterClasses are starting this week, but along with lectures, group work, class discussions and assignments we would like students to use social media to engage with lecturers and one another on the topical issues.

A key part of this is to get everyone reading and knowledgeable on the current issues. You can read the newspaper, Finweek or The Economist, or you can get at these and other resources via Twitter. What follows is our list of recommendations for students starting to use Twitter for academic purposes. We say, build that personal learning network.

Step 1: Follow your lecturers on Twitter. In the School of Economics you have Requier Wait (@RequierWait), Carike Claassen (@carikec), Alicia Fourie (@Alicia_Fourie), Dr Henri Bezuidenhout (@HenriBez) and Prof Marianne Matthee (@MattheeMarianne). Prof Krugell is @ekonoom.

Step 2: Follow other South African academic economists. At Stellenbosch we recommend Johan Fourie (@JohanFourieZA), Dieter von Fintel (@dietervf), Neil Rankin (@NeilRankinZA) and Nic Spaull (@NicSpaull). John Luiz (@JohnMLuiz) is at UCT Graduate School of Business and Gareth Roberts (@garethrobertsza) is at Wits/AMERU. Adrian Saville (@AdrianSaville) is a visiting Professor at GIBS. There are a few others out there, but they tweet very little.

Step 3: Follow people who will let you know what is happening in the South African economy. The options are many and we would love to hear some recommendations. The ones that we find helpful are: Cees Bruggemans (@ceesbruggemans) and Chris Hart (@chrishartZA) at Investment Solutions. John Loos (@john_loos) focusses on property, but also covers more general economics issues. Mike Schussler (@mikeschussler) links to an article every now and then. At KPMG economist and one-time NWU colleague Lullu Krugel (@LulluKrugel) tweets about the macroeconomy. Amongst the finance types we follow George Glynos (@George_Glynos) and Paul Theron (@paul_vestact) but there are many more (but beware of following too many the “Austrian” economists). For analysis and opinions from the SA Institute of Race Relations follow Frans Cronje (@FCronje_SAIRR). Matt Quigley (@MattQuigley) is at NKC economists and does a nice “week ahead” post for Mail & Guardian. Amongst the economics and financial journalists we like Bruce Whitfield (@brucebusiness) who hosts the Classic Business show. You should listen to those podcasts. Also out there you’ll find Erika van der Merwe (@ErikavdMerwe), Alec Hogg (@alechogg), Mari Blumenthal (@LMariB) and the always excellent Felicity Duncan (@FelicityDuncan).

Step 4: Go international. There are many people out there to follow and here it depends what you are looking for: US economy, EU, specific issues. For broader development related content we follow quite a few.

The king of data is Hans Rosling (@HansRosling), Marcus Eberhardt (@MEDevEcon) has some excellent research datasets. At the World Bank it is worth following Shanta Devarajan (@Shanta_WB), David McKenzie (@dmckenzie001) and Berk Ozler (@BerkOzler12). At the CGD you have Owen Barder (@owenbarder) and Justin Sandefur (@JustinSandefur). Don’t forget Michael Clemens (@m_clem). Marc F Bellemare (@mfbellemare) brings the argricultural economics and Chris Blattman (@cblatts) the political economics.

That is a lot to get you started. w would love some recommendations for this list.

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