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Paul Krugman ’74

Princeton economist and New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman ’74 is also a prolific blogger. But for most of Monday, October 13, the only item on his blog read simply “A funny thing happened to me this morning.” It linked to the Nobel Prize website, which announced that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for economics.

For many of the fans (and foes) of Krugman’s liberal political views, the prize was an introduction to his more scholarly side. Krugman won his Nobel for research he did beginning in the late 1970s that explained international trade patterns and how industries end up being concentrated in specific countries. Krugman will have his hands full in the coming months explaining the economic crisis, but he’ll have a little cushion as far as his own finances are concerned: the Nobel comes with $1.4 million.

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