Dans une interview à PBS réalisée après la remise de son prix Nobel Paul Krugman a révélé que c’est la lecture de romans de science-fiction, plus pécisément ceux ’Asimov, un des auteurs phares du genre, qui l’ont incité à devenir économiste. "That's a little embarrassing. I don't know how many of your viewers read science fiction, but there's a very old series by Isaac Asimov - the Foundation novels - in which the social scientists who understand the true dynamics save civilization. That's what I wanted to be; it doesn't exist, but economics is as close as you can get, so as a teenager I really got into it."
PS. Je ne croyais pas si bien dire. Je viens de trouver sur le site de l'Institut Mises (d'après l'économiste autrichien Ludwig Von Mises) ceci : "In the early 1970s, according to a survey undertaken at the time by SIL, the Society for Individual Liberty, one libertarian activist in six had been led to libertarianism by reading the novels and short stories of Robert A. Heinlein. Among the prominent libertarians of the late 20th Century who have named Heinlein as an important influence on the development of their own political thinking were Dave Nolan (the founder of the Libertarian Party) and the late Samuel Edward Konkin III."