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I am sure that many readers dislike Krugman for his relentless - and often deceptive and hysterical -political partisanship in the NYT. However, he has apparently made some genuine contributions to economics.
The NJ's link to Marginal Revolution on Krugman's Nobel led me to this somewhat technical essay by Krugman on The Role of Geography in Development. Quite fascinating, whether you agree with his assumptions or not.
Oh, Krugman is horrible. I imagine he's a social misfit as he thinks so highly of himself that he can't relate to 'regular' people. His response to winning the Nobel: (paraphrasing) "I knew someday I'd win this. I just didn't know when."
Definitely a loser. His motto: I may be wrong, but I'm never in doubt.
We've got our own Krugman over at the Wall Street Journal now: Thomas Frank. The new owner must be trying to expand his readership (a worthy enterprise in most instances), but I, like others I have talked to, consider this as effective as "Reaching across the aisle". Waste of good newspaper real estate, IMHO.
Cupcake (Krugman), Lollipop (Frank Rich) and that dufus Brooks can all go down with the NYT, for all I care, but thanks for posting, B.