I first read Paul Krugman as a grad student at Temple University. I was working on international monetary economcis and I read a lot of his work. Not only was it some of the most precient and superior analysis I had come across, but also some of the most well written. This was 7 years before he was hired by the New York Times to write a column.
Without a doubt, he is one of the best economists on the planet and one of the very, very few people I often read.
Here’s a recent post on taxes: