Monday, October 13, 2008

Congratulations to Paul Krugman

The loud-and-proud liberal NYT columnist has won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

Mr. Krugman received the award for his work on international trade and economic geography. In particular, the prize committee lauded his work for “having shown the effects of economies of scale on trade patterns and on the location of economic activity.” He has developed models that explain observed patterns of trade between countries, as well as what goods are produced where and why. Traditional trade theory assumes that countries are different and will exchange different kinds of goods with each other; Mr. Krugman’s theories have explained why worldwide trade is dominated by a few countries that are similar to each other, and why some countries might import the same kinds of goods that it exports.
Hooray for smart people!

I wonder how long it will be before some wingnut argues that Phil Gramm should have won instead.

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