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 actual wage rate would depend on demand conditions and the relative size of the economies, but let us simply suppose that the relative wage rate is 3. In the real world, of internatioalism, countries specialize in the production of a limited range of goods; international trade is both the cause and the result of that specialization.

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But is that possibility really there? And they will therefore tend to settle somewhere in the middle, at a level at which each country has a range of goods that it can produce more cheaply. Of course, Soviet data posed some problems. In each country, the real wage rate equals domestic productivity in terms of chips; that remains true, regardless of what happens elsewhere. It suggests that under some circumstances countries internationallsm lose, or fail to establish, industries in which in the long run they might have been able to acquire a comparative advantage.

Thus it is difficult to explain the pattern of comparative advantage among industrial countries by differences in their resource mixes, which are in any case quite similar [H. There will be overlap. Anything that draws capital away from business investment in the advanced countries tends to reduce First World wages.

Between andthe Singaporean economy grew a remarkable 8. I then intwrnationalism what the questioner proposes; he replies that he believes that low-wage countries will run big trade surpluses. In fact, it could be either better or worse off; this depends on details, specifically on whether rest-of-world growth is biased toward goods the U. It’s true that it became repetitive at times, but that’s the nature of putting together a collection of independent essays and speeches revolving around the same overarching topic.


This issue does not seem to internationapism such competitiveness theorists as Lester Thurow. A likely outcome is that high-tech goods will be produced only in the North, low-tech goods only in the South, and both regions will produce at least some medium-tech goods. Oct 27, Randy Carlson rated it really liked it.

In such a situation, one would expect the ratio of skilled to unskilled wages to be lower in the North than in the South. Even more fundamentally, we should be able to teach students that imports, not exports, are the purpose of trade. Inadvanced industrial nations krug,an only 1.

And suppose that the ratio of unskilled to skilled workers is much higher in the South than in the North.

In practice, however, it has been used in many developing countries to justify policies that maintain highly inefficient industries and generate large economic benefits for a politically influential elite. Stolper and Paul A. In many cases industries seem to create their own comparative advantage, through a process of positive feedback.

Jul 22, Brandon rated it it was amazing. The educational standards of that work force were dramatically upgraded: Moreover, the raw value of the trade deficit overstates its actual effect on the manufacturing sector. Krugman writes in a very straightforward manner and makes some internatioanlism points about globalism, international trade, NAFTA, the “Asian Tigers.

The result seems obvious: If the productivity increase occurs in low-tech output, a sector that does not compete po; Northern labor, there is no reason to expect the ratio of Northern to Southern wages to change. In fact, exactly the opposite happened: Absent government intervention, the new entrants inernationalism therefore find themselves producing only goods in which external economies are unimportant, and will be stuck with permanently lower wages.

A back-of-the-envelope calculation therefore suggests that capital flows to the Third World since and bear in mind that there was essentially no capital flow during the s have reduced real wages in the advanced world by about 0. If both countries produce medium-tech goods, the Northern wage must be five times higher than the Southern. The third group of essays highlights misconceptions about competition from less industrialized countries.


I am enthralled with the subject and remember with pleasure how complex the entire notion of trade is.

Both sides may complain about the resulting pattern of trade. In other words, an across-the-board productivity increase in the South in this multigood model has the same effect on Northern living standards as productivity growth had in the one-good model: By trading with America, Britain can acquire an aircraft by trading a unit of wool for it, which requires the use of only one-half unit of labor. By promoting targeted industries, they can in principle escape from this trap.

This is a grossly simplified example, but it makes a crucial point.

It is a tautology that economic expansion represents the sum of two sources of growth. Between and the real compensation of white-collar workers rose, whereas that of blue-collar workers fell. Dec 17, Lynne rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Economic history offers no example of a country that experienced long-term productivity growth without a roughly equal rise in real wages. Suppose that a country spends 20 percent of its income on imports, and that the price of its imports are set not in domestic but in foreign currency.

Still, when the efforts began, researchers were pretty sure about what they would find.

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It may seem difficult to reconcile the evidence that international competition bears little responsibility for falling wages among unskilled workers with the dramatic rise in manufactured exports from Third World countries.

Imports are not so much greater than exports in the United States. That is to take his economist’s view of international I enjoyed this quite a bit. Competitiveness makes no sense internationaalism the U.

More careful research may lead to larger estimates of the effect of North-South trade on the distribution of wages, or krugnan growth in that trade may have larger effects than we have seen so far. This observation cuts both ways.

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