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Mankiw is on a roll

Posted by Eliot Weinstein on November 9, 2007

This New York Times op-ed about US health care reform, combined with his response to comments on his blog, confirms that Harvard economist Greg Mankiw is one of today’s most incisive economic policy thinkers.

Political junkies may remember Mankiw as the economic adviser to President George W. Bush who made some politically incorrect (but economically justified) statements about outsourcing. Economics and public policy junkies may remember him for his contributions to modern growth theory and his cameos in the recent popular-scientific-history book Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations. A year-old ranking calculated that “Mankiw, Romer, & Weil” (as the paper linked above is known) is the 65th most-cited peer-reviewed article in contemporary economics.

Now if only I could figure out why he agreed to be an economics adviser to Mitt Romney…

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