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The Road Not Taken

The New Yorker on the tragedy that is Paul Krugman:

When the Times approached him about writing a column, he was torn. “His friends said, ‘This is a waste of your time,’ ” Wells says. “We economists thought that we were doing substantive work and the rest of the world was dross.” Krugman cared about his academic reputation more than anything else. If he started writing for a newspaper, would his colleagues think he’d become a pseudo-economist, a former economist, a vapid policy entrepreneur like Lester Thurow?

The rest is history.

posted on 23 February 2010 by skirchner in Economics

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While I agree with your point, it is important to note Krugman did make an invaluable contribution to spatial economics and international trade theory.  That is, before he made the New York Times his personal soap box.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/23  at  07:15 PM

Even his popular writing was OK up until 2000.

Posted by skirchner  on  02/24  at  08:16 AM

<a href= “http://christopherjoye.blogspot.com/2010/02/krugman-and-bankers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+ChristopherJoyesConcreteDetailBlog+(Christopher+Joye’s+Concrete+Detail+Blog)&utm_content=Google+Reader”>Chris Joye</a> can’t understand why you refer to Krugman as a tragedy.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/24  at  01:22 PM

I guess tragedy is in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by skirchner  on  02/24  at  03:07 PM

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