While Bryan likes The Accidental Theorist, my favorite Krugman book is Pop Internationalism. Here are some choice quotes from a chapter. Pop Internationalism has ratings and 17 reviews. Holly said: I enjoyed this quite a bit. It’s true that it became repetitive at times, but that’s the. “Pop internationalists”–people who speak impressively about international trade figures are the target of this collection of Paul Krugman’s most recent essays.

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The infant industry argument, mentioned above, is intellectually impeccable.

Pop Internationalism

But this assumption is unrealistic. Our calculation suggests that avoiding the decline in the terms of trade would have increased that growth to only about 8 percent. What reformers in a number of countries were able to do, however, was to present trade liberalization as part of a package that was presumed to yield large gains to the country as a whole.

Many Goods, One Input In the real world, of course, countries specialize in the production of a limited range of goods; international trade is both the cause and the result of that specialization. Internal real interest rates were percent before the debt deal, with the payments on internal debt a major source of fiscal pressure; they fell to 5- 10 percent almost immediately. What will be the pattern of wages and production in such a world? We have found that increased wage inequality, like the decline of manufacturing and the slowdown in real income growth, is overwhelmingly the consequence of domestic causes.

But one of the most important lessons in international economics which you can learn from following Jagdish Bhagwati or reading Niternationalism the Tide is that errors rear their heads again and again under guises that historically aware economists will recognize as old hat. But what will it export? The basic idea of growth accounting is to give life to this formula by calculating explicit measures of both. The reason lies in a basic fact of accounting, perhaps the most essential equation in international economics: In high-tech goods, by contrast, labor costs will be twice as high in the South.


Pop Internationalism by Paul Krugman

Less obviously, an executive, a lawyer, or even an entrepreneurial academic can use computers, faxes, and electronic mail to keep a finger in far more pies than used to be possible. The net result is a reduction in real earnings because the U.

Goods have become cheaper krigman because productivity in manufacturing has grown much faster than in services. But relative wage rates do not fall from krugmaj sky, they are determined in the marketplace. At this point, however, the available evidence does not support the view that trade with the Third World is an important part of the wage inequality story.

In fact, exactly the opposite happened: It certainly could change. Since it is hard to see how foreigners pay for more expensive American haircuts, that wage gain can only redistribute the benefits of manufacturing productivity from one set of American workers to another, not increase the total gains. All but two of the essays have previously appeared in such kruugman as Foreign AffairsScientific Americanand the Harvard Business Review.

International trade explains only a small part of the decline in the relative importance of manufacturing to the economy.

A half-educated work force has been replaced by one in which the bulk of workers has high school diplomas; it is unlikely that a generation from now most Singaporeans will have Ph. In this class are Chile, Argentina, and, of course, Mexico.

The real reason for rising wage inequality is subtler: For analysis of the effects of foreign growth on domestic welfare, see H. In Europe, the growth of wage inequality has been less dramatic, but there has been a steady, seemingly inexorable rise in unemployment, from less than three percent in to more than 11 percent today versus six percent in the United States. Suppose that there are two kinds intenationalism labor, skilled and unskilled.

Dominique rated it internationwlism it Aug 12, Much international trade is driven by enduring national differences in resources, climate, and society.

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Between and manufacturing declined from Remember good old comparative advantage? Since productivity has not risen in low-tech production, low-tech prices will rise and reduce real wages in the North. Dec 24, Paul rated it liked it. My internatipnalism complaint is that he repeats himself a lot in this book, but as it’s a collection of essays, each written to stand on its own, I suppose that’s expected.


But Thurow was more concrete than most people, giving actual numbers for the job and wage loss. For example, because U.

Finally, the larger market will lead to greater competition, reducing the inefficiency associated with monopoly power. The fraction of U. Because competition from abroad has played a minor role in the contraction of U. Excluding oil and agricultural goods, U. The prices of low-tech goods in terms of Northern labor will not change, and thus the real wages of Northern workers will not change either. Realities of Competitiveness The discussion so far seems to suggest that competitiveness, if it means anything, is a non-issue: Krugman does mention a few times just why explaining economic kruvman to non-economists is so hard.

Pop Internationalism – Paul R. Krugman – Google Books

By the shares were Failure to create advantage is at best a contributing factor. In the very long run, of course, the machines will pkp able to do everything we can. The actual flows that have taken place sincehowever, are far too small intwrnationalism have the devastating impacts that many people envision. We all do a primitive form of growth accounting every time we talk about labor productivity; in so doing we are implicitly distinguishing between the part of overall national growth due to the growth in the supply of labor and the part due to an increase in the value of goods produced by the average worker.

Given the rapid growth of exports from nations such as China and Indonesia, it seems reasonable to suppose that factor price equalization has been a major reason for the growing gap in earnings between skilled and unskilled workers in the U. Pop Internationalism Mit Press.