Paul Krugman
Professor of Economics, Princeton; Columnist, The New York Times
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Paul Krugman on Himself

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Long Island is the old country

Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman is an author, economist, and Princeton professor who is probably best known for his op-ed columns in the New York Times.

Krugman is the author of over twenty books, including The Conscience of a Liberal, a progressive manifesto, and The Great Unraveling, a collection of his op-ed columns.

Transcript

Question: Who are you?

Paul Krugman: Oh boy.  I’m a New York suburbanite.  For me, Long Island is the old country.  I don’t think that shapes me so much except that, you know, a kid growing up reading books, learning about stuff.  I mean it    . . .  I guess you could say I come from the . . . the . . . one of the heartlands of the great middle class, post-war boom.  It was . . .  I wasn’t actually in Levittown, but not far from it.  That’s one of the themes of the book, is the way that we had this great middle class boom that encompassed so many people.


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