Nobel Prize Winner and Op-Ed Columnist for New York Times

The Accidental Theorist And Other Dispatches from the Dismal Science

In this wonderfully cohesive set of sharp and witty essays, Paul Krugman tackles bad economic ideas from across the political spectrum. In plain English, he enlightens us on the Asian crisis, corporate downsizing, and the globalization of the American economy, among other topics.

The writing here brilliantly combines the acerbic style and clever analysis that have made Krugman famous. Imagine declaring New York its own country and you get a better picture of our trade balance with China and Hong Kong. Try reducing the economy to the production of hot dogs and buns and you'll understand why common beliefs about the impact of production efficiency on labor demand are wrong. This is a collection that will amuse, provoke, and enlighten, in classic Paul Krugman style.


"Everything Mr. Krugman has to say is smart, important, and even fun to read." --Peter Passell, New York Times Book Review

"Paul Krugman is the heir apparent to Galbraith. Some of these essays will make you smile, some will make you wince, all will make you think. Krugman's words are as sharp as his mind." --Alan S. Blinder, Princeton University


The Accidental Theorist

Published by W.W. Norton
April 1999
$13.95 paperback, 204 pages
ISBN 978-0-393-31887-6
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About Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman is the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. A prolific author, columnist, and blogger, he teaches economics and international affairs at Princeton University.

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