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The Return of Depression Economics

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Paul Krugman is the recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics. The author of a twice-weekly column for the op-ed page of the New York TImes and a daily blog, 'The Conscience of a Liberal', derived from his book of the same name, Krugman has been named Columnist of the Year by Editor and Publisher magazine. He is a professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, and is the author or editor of twenty books and more than two hundred professional journal articles.


Krugman (economics, M.I.T.) addresses the question, "Could the world-wide depression of the 1930s happen now?" In this short book, rushed to publication (and showing signs of hasty writing), Krugman analyzes the financial and economic situations of countries that have been experiencing difficulties in the last few years, such as Russia, Japan, six southeastern countries, and Brazil and concludes that while they are in an economic slump, this is not a return to the 1930s. What is to be done? For advanced economies, such as Japan's, he advocates a radical expansion of the money supply as an economic stimulus. In developing countries, such as Brazil, he believes that the economic medicine needed is devaluation of the currencies and even currency controls. These very complicated situations, however, do not necessarily lend themselves to such one-shot solutions. An optional purchase.ÄHarry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

As an economist in good standing, writes MIT economist Krugman, I am quite capable of writing things that nobody can read. Fortunately, Krugman, author of Slates Dismal Science column, is also quite capable of writing things that almost anyone can read. An accomplished translator of economics into English, Krugman (Peddling Prosperity; The Accidental Theorist; etc.) takes a look at the international financial turmoil of the past two years and concludes that, confident assertions of happy globalizers and bullish day traders notwithstanding, a great depression could happen again. Depression economics is back, he argues, meaning that for the first time in two generations, failures on the demand side of the economy... have become the clear and present limitation on prosperity for a large part of the world. Whether discussing the currency collapse in Indonesia, the travails of Brazil and Russia (and how theyre related) or the failure of hedge funds such as Long Term Capital Management, Krugman writes with invigorating lucidity and forceful opinion. Now as in the 1930s, however, one cannot defend globalization merely by repeating free-market mantras, even as economy after economy crashes. If his message is dire, his tone is light, almost jaunty as he calls supply-side economics a crank doctrine and ably articulates a Keynsian willingness to regulate markets in order to stabilize economies and minimize human suffering. Moving from concrete examples (e.g., the struggles of a Japanese baby-sitting coop) to stinging critiques of head-in-the-sand theorists, Krugman proves himself not only comprehensible but also well worth comprehending. (May)

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