The Return of Depression Economics

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - Business & Economics - 176 pages
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Surely the Great Depression could not happen again; our economists and policy makers simply have too many tools in their kit and too much experience applying them. Or could it? Paul Krugman gives us a sobering tour of the global economic crises of the last two years. In the 1930s policy makers realized that they had to limit the free market in order to save it. Today, when governments worldwide have spent decades lifting regulatory restraints on trade within and across their borders, interference in markets is completely out of favor as a policy tool. With his usual creativity and willingness to consider new ideas, Krugman suggests that a variety of capital restraints may well be in order. This book is for anyone with any level of economic background who wishes to understand the stunning events in today's global economy.

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User Review  - James.Igoe - LibraryThing

As usual, Krugman highlights the problem with dogmatic approaches to economics. He also illuminates some aspects of our own concern about inflation. Rather than worry about inflation, our current ... Read full review

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User Review  - RalphLagana - LibraryThing

This is a solid 3 stars. I guess I was expecting more, which is a mistake on my part given it's a relatively brief book on economics at 200 pages. Krugman does a good job of making some potentially ... Read full review


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Paul Krugman was born on February 28, 1953. He received a B.S. in economics from Yale University in 1974 and a Ph.D from MIT in 1977. From 1982 to 1983, he worked at the Reagan White House as a member of the Council of Economic Advisers. He taught at numerous universities including Yale University, MIT, UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and Stanford University before becoming a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University in 2000. He has written over 200 scholarly papers and 20 books including Peddling Prosperity; International Economics: Theory and Policy; The Great Unraveling; and The Conscience of a Liberal. Since 2000, he has written a twice-weekly column for The New York Times. He received the 1991 John Bates Clark Medal and the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. His title End This Depression Now! made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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