Paul Krugman, Princeton University and The New York Times
Friday, October 2, 2009.
825 N University Ave
Paul Krugman is an economist and prolific writer who divides his energies among many pursuits: he is professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, a centenary professor at the London School of Economics, and, perhaps, his best-known job, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times.
Krugman was recently honored for his work on global trade patterns by winning the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. In recognition of his influence The Washington Monthly called him “the most important political columnist in America.”
Norton and Company, publisher of Krugman’s latest two books, notes, “Krugman’s reputation extends well beyond the U.S. The Asia Times recently called him “the Mick Jagger of political/economic punditry.” The Economist said he is “the most celebrated economist of his generation.”
Krugman is the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 professional journal articles, many of them on international trade and finance. In recognition of his work, he received the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association, an award given every two years to the top economist under the age of 40. Krugman has also been awarded what is understood to be the European Pulitzer Prize, the Asturias Award given by the King of Spain.
For more than 20 years, Krugman has written extensively for non-economists, including a monthly column, “The Dismal Science,” for the online magazine Slate. He has been a columnist for Fortune and published articles in The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and The New York Times Magazine, before joining The New York Times.
Prior to his appointment at Princeton, Krugman served on the faculty of MIT as the Ford International Professor of Economics. He has also taught at Yale and Stanford Universities and was the senior international economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers under Ronald Reagan.
He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the Group of Thirty. He has served as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, as well as to a number of countries including Portugal and the Philippines.
His most recent books are The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008 and the paperback edition of The Conscience of A Liberal. His previous work, The Great Unraveling, was highly praised and became a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Krugman and his wife, Robin Wells, have collaborated on two college textbooks – Microeconomics published in October 2004 and Macroeconomics published in the September 2005.
Paul Samuelson, an American Keynesian economist said, “Paul Krugman’s is a lone voice, telling things as they are and debunking Washington policies that are neither compassionate nor conservative.”
This lecture is made possible by a generous gift from the Citigroup Foundation. The lecture series brings prominent policymakers from the national and international arenas to the Ford School each year to engage students and faculty in dialogue and to give a public address.
There will be another Citigroup Foundation Lecture on October 7, 2009: Senator Chuck Hagel, Georgetown University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.