WELLESLEY, Mass. --Paul Krugman, a professor of economics
and international affairs at Princeton University, who also
writes an op-ed columnist for The New York Times,
will answer the question for which we'd all like an answer
in today's political and economic climate: "What Went
Sponsored by the Wellesley College Department of Economics
and Professor Emeritus Marshall Goldman, the lecture will
take place Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 8 pm in Jewett Auditorium.
For insight into Krugman's world, here are excerpts from
his web site (web.mit.edu/krugman/www/):
"I got my Ph.D. from MIT in 1977 and have since taught
at Yale and Stanford as well as MIT. I also spent an eye-opening
year working at the White House (Council of Economic Advisers)
in 1982-83. In 1991 I received my major professional gong,
the John Bates Clark Medal, given by the American Economic
Association every two years to an economist under 40. I
have written or edited 18 books (I think) and several hundred
articles. Most of these are about international trade (I
helped found the so-called "new trade theory,"
which is about the consequences of increasing returns and
imperfect competition for international trade) and international
finance, and are pretty well incomprehensible to laymen.
However, since I wrote The Age of Diminished Expectations
in 1989, I have increasingly tried to communicate with non-economists
through op-eds, magazine articles and so on. It turns out
that people have a hard time tracking all of this stuff
down; hence this page.
"...With any luck, you will find many of these pieces
extremely annoying. My belief is that if an op-ed or column
does not greatly upset a substantial number of people, the
author has wasted the space. This is particularly true in
economics, where many people have strong views and rather
fewer have taken the trouble to think those views through--so
that simply insisting on being clear-headed about an issue
is usually enough to enrage many if not most of your readers.
But read the articles and judge for yourself." For
more information, call 781-283-2154.
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