Paul Krugman Quitting Princeton to Be Closer to Zabar’s

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Paul Krugman, professor of international trade and economics at Princeton University and Nobel Prize-winning economist, poses for a photograph after an interview in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. The European Central Bank (ECB) can do substantially more in principle on the use of forward guidance and quantitative easing, Krugman said. Photo: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In announcing on Friday that he would be retiring from Princeton at the end of this year to take a faculty position at CUNY, Paul Krugman offered some high-minded ideas about how his interests have shifted and he now wants to work someplace with more of a focus on public policy. But he was also not shy about suggesting the change also had a lot to do with wanting to move to the city and dine out. "In terms of geography, the answer seemed clear on reflection: somewhere near Zabar’s New York is the best place to pursue my current interests," Krugman wrote. Then later, "At any rate, I truly do love New York, so that there will be a lot more good restaurants a lifestyle gain to complement the professional advantages." Plus, he can maybe walk to work and counteract all that lobster seafare salad.