While Bryan likes The Accidental Theorist, my favorite Krugman book is Pop Internationalism. Here are some choice quotes from a chapter. Pop Internationalism has ratings and 17 reviews. Holly said: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It’s true that it became repetitive at times, but that’s the. “Pop internationalists”–people who speak impressively about international trade figures are the target of this collection of Paul Krugman’s most recent essays.

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But it is only when one actually does the quantitative accounting that the astonishing result emerges: Anecdotes are easy to offer. Ina young man with a college degree and five years on the job earned only 30 percent more than one with similar experience and a high school degree; bythe premium had jumped to 74 percent.

It seems, then, that the effect of Third World growth on the First World, which was negligible in our simplest model, becomes unpredictable once we make the model more realistic.

It depends on which sector experiences the productivity gain. The United States buys most of its imports from other advanced countries, whose workers have similar skills and wages. In sum, a multigood model offers more possibilities than the simple one-good model with which we began, but it leads to the same conclusion: The rate of earnings growth is exactly the same as it would be if other countries were doing as badly as we are.

At that wage rate, wool would be cheaper to produce in Britain, which would therefore export it, whereas aircraft would be cheaper to produce in internatoinalism United States. In other words, an across-the-board productivity increase in the South in this multigood model has the same effect on Northern living standards as productivity growth had in the one-good model: If world demand for high-tech products is very high, the North may produce only those goods; if demand for low-tech products is high, the South may also specialize.


The export of capital to the Third World attracts a lot of attention because it is exotic, but the amounts are minor compared with domestic budget deficits. A country tends to export more when his relative advantage is greater than the other countries.

The basic idea of growth accounting is to give life to this formula by calculating explicit intenationalism of both. Southern labor will produce low-tech goods more cheaply, and the fall in the price of those goods will raise real wages in the North. The classic empirical example of the principle of comparative advantage at work comes from internaationalism early post-war comparison of Britain and the United States.

Paul Krugman, Pop Internationalism

Many observers have expressed concern not just about wages lost because of a shrinking manufacturing sector but also about a broader erosion of U. As this reply was being written, the Federal Reserve was raising interest rates in an effort to rein in a recovery that it feared would proceed too far, that is, lead to excessive employment, producing a renewed surge in inflation.

Confronted with a new idea that was exciting, potentially important but untested, these economists began a sustained process of research, probing the weak points, confronting the new idea with the data. Below, I have selected the important passages of the books. Most of the output of U.

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This analysis carries krugmsn clear empirical implications. I understand that Krugman wanted to present this book in chronological order, but I think it’d probably be best for most people to go the Moby Dick route: This observation cuts both ways.


Overall – content was decent, but not particularly fun! But was the U. Yet we should not be too quick to dismiss the idea that there is some real problem to which concerns about competitiveness are a response.

Our analysis of data from the U. The importance of external economies is obvious in interregional specialization within the United States. Since then, there have been persistent deficits, reaching a maximum of intednationalism.

When a rich country, where skilled labor is abundant and where the premium for skill is therefore smalltrades with a poor country, where skilled workers are scarce and unskilled workers abundant, the wage rates tend to converge. Third World growth does not hurt the First World because wages in the Third World stay low but because internationa,ism rise and therefore push up the prices of exports to advanced countries.

Finally, the larger market will lead kugman greater competition, reducing the inefficiency associated with monopoly power. I’m almost done with this book, and I’ve really been enjoying it though not speeding through it as it is absolute crap as elliptical trainer fare.

In a world in which countries produce different goods, productivity gains krugmxn one part of the world may either help or hurt the rest of the world. Then, other things equal, Japan will tend to establish a competitive advantage in emerging high-technology sectors.