Saturday, March 27, 2010

Is there a mini-Krugman out there?
Tom Smith

This would explain a lot.  The columns that appear under Krugman's name really are so appallingly dumb it is hard to believe that somebody as smart as he must be actually wrote them.  It would be fully consistent with the whole uber-academoid ethic to just let some flunky write them, take a quick glance at them, and sign off.  They do follow in lock-step the leftish talking points of the moment and tend to be devoid of insight and creativity, which is consistent with someone having been hired to imitate him.  Or maybe that's just the way he is.

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I assumed that he dashed off his columns in the loo in the morning, before he raced off to deal with his large undergraduate teaching load.

Posted by: dearieme | Mar 27, 2010 9:34:15 AM

That is just the way Krugman is. In the late '90s, he wrote an attack on Stanford's Brian Arthur that was splenetic, reeking of jealousy because Krugman clearly thought Arthur was getting credit for work on increasing returns that Krugman should have gotten. Kenneth Arrow shredded Krugman for it. It makes for unpleasant reading, with the details at http://www.pkarchive.org/cranks/Brian.html

Kind of sad to see his talent for both economics and writing so utterly wasted.

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