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Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in an Age of Diminished Expectations (Norton Paperback)

 
 
 
 
Peddling Prosperity: Economic Sense and Nonsense in an Age of Diminished Expectations (Norton Paperback)
Author: Paul Krugman
ISBN 13: 9780393312928
ISBN 10: 393312925
Edition: 59090th
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1995-04-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $18.95
 
 

Newsweek hailed Paul Krugman as "a superstar among economists" and went on to praise Peddling Prosperity as "the best primer around on recent U.S. economic history." Others joined the chorus.

Publishers Weekly

In this intellectual history of recent American economic thought, Krugman ( The Age of Diminished Expectations ) maintains that there is ``a constant market for doctrines that play to popular prejudices, whether they make sense or not. In times of economic distress, the search for politically useful ideas . . . takes on a special intensity.'' He deftly analyzes liberal and conservative academic economists, Keynes and ``new Keynesians,'' as well as ``policy entrepreneurs'' who, he contends, often offer stylish answers unencumbered by logic or data. Krugman caustically denigrates supply-siders as ``ideologues whose economic concepts were cartoonlike in their simplicity.'' Yet the author, a professor of economics at MIT, is also apprehensive about the pervasive influence of conservative academic economists and of ``strategic traders'' who have ``sold the American public . . . on the idea that our most crucial economic problem is our struggle with other advanced nations for global markets.'' This benchmark study will stimulate much needed discussion in both academia and Washington, D.C. (Mar.)