Elhanan Helpman is on a quest for knowledge. He is a researcher in transition, constantly redefining his fields of interest by altering the questions asked and the techniques used. Like many of the great economists, Elhanan has worked in many areas: open economy macro, trade under uncertainty, the new international economics, growth theory, and political economy, to list the most famous. However, this interview is not intended as a review of his contributions. Rather, it is about what drives Elhanan's creative process: his wide-ranging reading, his characteristic stubbornness in tackling problems, the conceptualization of his larger research agenda, and his recollections of how he initiated transitions between fields. It is a very personal interview for those in search of creative inspiration.
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