Paul Samuelson: How I Became an Economist

Paul Samuelson, America’s first Nobel laureate in economics, died this weekend at age 94. In 2003, Samuelson wrote a short essay called How I Became an Economist.  What caught my eye is the last line: “Always, I have been overpaid to do what has been pure fun.” We should all be lucky enough to achieve that.

To give you a better feel for Samuelson’s contributions to economics, I have included an NPR interview with Paul Krugman, another American recipient of the Nobel Prize in economics. You can listen below.

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