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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Pop Internationalism

In particular, I enjoyed the essays that krgman us how the Soviet Union and Japan were perceived decades ago. The Fed would respond by raising interest rates to prevent an overheated economy, and most if not all of the job gains would be matched by job losses elsewhere. I don’t know about you, but I think this is easily lost in tod 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 practice, a dollar of imports may displace slightly less than a dollar of domestic sales because the extra spending may come at the expense of services or other nonmanufacturing sales.

Review of Pop Internationalism | Mises Institute

Initially, very fast indeed. Ignorance is internationaliwm bliss? A numerical example may be helpful here. There is some dispute over whether the basis of international trade has shifted away from traditional comparative advantage toward created advantage.

Aug 12, Benjamin Thomas Sutpen added it. Technological change, especially the increased use of computers, is a likely candidate; in any case, globalization cannot have played the dominant role.

This is an old book, written as the Krugmqn administration assumed power and started to show its stripes. Refresh and try again. Or to look at it another way, the annual wage loss from deficit-induced deindustrialization, which Thurow clearly implies is at the heart of U.

Krufman will, however, increasingly be forced to compete on the basis of low wages rather than high productivity. This is too small to explain the 6 percent real wage decline by a factor of That conclusion is based on an examination of the evidence in terms of the underlying logic of factor price equalization, first explained in a classic paper by Wolfgang F. A survey by Lawrence Katz reaches the same conclusion.


Pecuniary external economies depend on the size of the market: He even acknowledges that some things he discusses will fly right over a lot of heads. The next three essays expose further distortions of economic theory and include the complete, unaltered, controversial review of Laura Tyson’s Who’s Bashing Whom.

Karnajit Meetei rated it it was amazing Apr 17, In the real internaionalism, of course, countries specialize in the production of a limited range of goods; international trade is both the cause and the result of that specialization. Excluding oil and agricultural goods, U. For example, if U.

Many manufacturing firms may have laid off workers in the face of competition from abroad, but others have added workers to produce for expanding export markets.

This short tome should be part of any international economics library. I understand that Krugman wanted to present this book in chronological order, but I t This was a great series of essays on the marginalization of basic economic theory with respect to the growth of trade and its treatment in the media.

The infant industry argument, mentioned above, is intellectually impeccable. The short answer is yes in principle but no in practice. It suggests that under some circumstances countries may lose, or fail to establish, industries in which in the long run they might have been able to acquire a comparative advantage.

Second, larger markets will allow for better exploitation of economies of scale. The million-job number is too high, and the 30 percent wage differential between manufacturing and services is primarily due to a difference in the length of the workweek, not a difference in the hourly wage rate.

We have found that increased wage inequality, like the decline of manufacturing and the slowdown in real income growth, is overwhelmingly the consequence of domestic causes.


Pop Internationalism by Paul Krugman

All the action, then, has taken place since This adjustment strengthens our conclusion: Economic growth that is based on expansion of inputs, rather than on growth in output per unit of input, is inevitably subject to diminishing returns. Should be required reading for voters.

Widening gaps between education levels and professions are mirrored by increased inequality of earnings within professions. But is that possibility really there? The combination of those factors means that if the investment share of output pip the same, the growth rate will sharply decline. To answer that question requires looking hard at the facts.

If you aren’t an economist, a lot of this might seem kind of wonky, but he lays out some basics of international economics as well as you are likely to get it without some more formal training. What about relative wages? Two broad conclusions emerge. The new version of the argument involves established countries but new industries.

The principle of comparative advantage suggests that a rich country trading with a poor one will export skill-intensive goods because it has a comparative abundance of skilled workers and import labor-intensive products. By promoting targeted ihternationalism, they can in interrnationalism escape from this trap. 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.

I would definitely recommend this title to someone who is interested in a non-partisan view of the benefits of trade to the macroeconomy as well as the dangers of using phrases like “our nation’s competitiveness” or “global competition” while discussing the topic. In export markets, foreign competition can force a decline in the prices of U.