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Financial Markets, Money and the Real World

Paul Davidson, Holly Chair of Excellence Emeritus, University of Tennessee, US and Founding Editor of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics
Paul Davidson investigates why the 1990s was a decade of financial crises that almost precipitated a global market crash. He explores the reasons why the global economy still struggles with the aftermath of these crises and discusses the possibility that volatile financial markets in the future will have real impacts on whole industries and national economic systems.
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Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 740 2
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Publication Date: 2003
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Money and Banking
  • Post-Keynesian Economics
Paul Davidson investigates why the 1990s was a decade of financial crises that almost precipitated a global market crash. He explores the reasons why the global economy still struggles with the aftermath of these crises and discusses the possibility that volatile financial markets in the future will have real impacts on whole industries and national economic systems.

The author highlights the central role that domestic and international financial markets play in determining the economic growth rate, unemployment rate and international payments position of capitalist economies. He explains why the primary function of financial markets is to create liquidity and demonstrates that a liquid market cannot be efficient, and an efficient market cannot be liquid. He also proves that preventing liquidity problems from developing in national and international financial markets is the key element in fostering prosperity. Statistical evidence and theoretical analysis are combined to demonstrate why orthodox prescriptions for ‘liberalizing’ labor, product, and capital markets are the wrong policies for promoting a civilized society in the 21st century.

Professional economists, financial reporters, government policy makers, those working in international economic organizations such as the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO, and concerned citizens will all benefit greatly from reading this highly acclaimed book.
‘Financial Markets, Money and the Real World by Paul Davidson is an informed and informative study of why the 1990s experienced a series of financial crises with terrible repercussions that reverberated throughout the global market. Focusing on the central role that domestic and international financial markets play in affecting the economic growth rate, and offering prescriptions to improve worldwide economic viability in the 21st century, Financial Markets, Money and the Real World is highly practical, forward thinking, and strongly recommended reading for students of economics in general, and the interactive, interdependent global financial markets in particular.’
– Library Bookwatch/Midwest Book Review

‘In Financial Markets, Money and the Real World Professor Davidson lucidly and persuasively sums up his major insights into the working of “non-ergodic” (uncertain) economic systems. It is essential reading for those who wish to understand why financial markets have become so volatile and are puzzled to know what to do about it. It is refreshing to read an author who writes so much in the spirit of Keynes and who is able and willing to develop Keynes’s ideas creatively and apply them imaginatively to the understanding and management of today’s globalized economy.’
– Lord Skidelsky, University of Warwick, UK

‘This book should be a classic in economics. Paul Davidson combines dazzling clarity and a passion for economic truth and common sense in illuminating the dark thickets surrounding today’s free enterprise system. Professional economists and concerned citizens should both pay heed to this fine book.’
– Peter L. Bernstein, Peter L. Bernstein Inc., US

‘Professor Paul Davidson has long been a major avenue to the economic reality and the controlling economic ideas, especially those that have come into professional discussion with and since John Maynard Keynes. This is a major contribution, deserving the close attention of economists and all who seek accomplished economic guidance. I strongly recommend it.’
– John Kenneth Galbraith, Harvard University, US

‘Throughout the long, dark years of laissez-faire triumphalism, Paul Davidson lovingly tended the eternal flame of Keynes and ensured that it never went out. There is no better qualified economist to explain – as this book does – why Keynes is still relevant to a world pock-marked with the financial crises, poverty and unemployment that have resulted from neglecting his profound insights.’
– Larry Elliott, The Guardian
Contents: 1. Keynes, You Should be Alive Today! 2. Keynes’s Principle of Effective Demand 3. Uncertainty and Reality in Economic Models 4. Investment: Illiquid Real Capital versus Liquid Assets 5. Why Liquidity Preference? 6. Financial Markets, Liquidity and Fast Exits 7. Planned Investment, Planned Savings, Liquidity and Economic Growth 8. Complicating the Picture: Money and International Liquidity 9. Trade Imbalances and International Payments 10. International Liquidity and Exchange Rate Stability 11. If Markets are Efficient Why Has There Been so Much Volatility in Financial Markets? 12. Exchange Rates and the Tobin Tax 13. The Plumbers’ Solution to Destabilizing International Capital Flows 14. The Architectural Solution: Reforming the World’s Money 15. The Economy and the Twenty-first Century Index