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One Small Step for Man: Paul Krugman, the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Economics


  • Bruce Elmslie


Paul Krugman was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics 'for his analysis of trade patterns and location of economic activity' ( This article assesses the importance of Krugman's contributions to both the state of our knowledge and methodology as a profession. The focus of the article is on Krugman's contributions to trade theory beginning with Krugman (1979a). This article had a major direct impact on the direction of research on international trade while also containing the seeds of his work 12 years later on economic geography.

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  • Bruce Elmslie, 2010. "One Small Step for Man: Paul Krugman, the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Economics," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(1), pages 1-17.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:22:y:2010:i:1:p:1-17
    DOI: 10.1080/09538250903391855

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