Pop Internationalism

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MIT Press, 1997 - Business & Economics - 221 pages
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"Pop internationalists" -- people who speak impressively about international trade while ignoring basic economics and misusing economic figures are the target of this collection of Paul Krugman's most recent essays. In the clear, readable, entertaining style that brought acclaim for his best-selling Age of Diminished Expectations, Krugman explains what real economic analysis is. He discusses economic terms and measurements, like "value-added" and GDP, in simple language so that readers can understand how pop internationalists distort, and sometimes contradict, the most basic truths about world trade.

All but two of the essays have previously appeared in such publications as Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, and the Harvard Business Review. The first five essays take on exaggerations of foreign competition's effects on the U.S. economy and represent Krugman's central criticisms of public debate over world trade. 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. The third group of essays highlights misconceptions about competition from less industrialized countries. The concluding essays focus on interesting and legitimate economic questions, such as the effects of technological change on society.


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User Review  - ehines - LibraryThing

This is an old book, written as the Clinton administration assumed power and started to show its stripes. Interesting historically, but there is also some lasting truth to this book: the widely ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

On the evidence of the lively collection of essays at hand, there's nothing dismal about the social science practiced by Stanford University professor Krugman (Peddling Prosperity, 1994, etc.). In a ... Read full review


A Dangerous Obsession
Proving My Point
Trade Jobs and Wages
Does Third World Growth Hurt First World
The Illusion of Conflict in International Trade
Myths and Realities of U S Competitiveness
A Review of Laura
What Do Undergrads Need to Know about Trade?
Challenging Conventional Wisdom
The Uncomfortable Truth about NAFTA
The Myth of Asias Miracle
Technologys Revenge
The Localization of the World Economy

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columnist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2008.

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