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  - Rachel Green - Goodreads

Although outdated (many of his predictions are irrelevant due to the passage of time), Krugman's book makes powerful statements about international trade and the status of global competition. I found ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joshua Concepcion - Goodreads

This is one of the books that should be read and re-read. It's nearly 20-years old, yet it is as relevant as ever. It's been sad to witness a first rate intellectual like Krugman become the combative, irresponsible intellectual he is today. Still, this book is great. 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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