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Macroeconomic Theory and its Failings

Alternative Perspectives on the Global Financial Crisis Edited by Steven Kates, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
This innovative book focuses on the current global financial crisis and the inadequacies of the economic theories being used to guide policy. In so doing, it tackles the economic theories that have been used firstly to understand its causes and thereafter to contain the damage it has brought.
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Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 84844 819 3
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This innovative book focuses on the current global financial crisis and the inadequacies of the economic theories being used to guide policy. In so doing, it tackles the economic theories that have been used firstly to understand its causes and thereafter to contain the damage it has brought.

The contributors bring together different perspectives from across the entire spectrum of economic opinion to examine what is likely to be the single most important economic problem of our time. The unifying feature is that all of the authors disagree with the standard mainstream neo-classical models being applied in attempting to comprehend what has gone on and then, more importantly, to devise policies to bring this recession to an end. The problems that modern macroeconomics may have caused in being the basis for economic policy are addressed, and it is concluded that the deepening problems found in economies across the developed world are not due to governments having refused to take the advice of their economic advisors but are in many respects due to their actually having taken this advice.

Suggesting alternative ways of understanding how economies work so that other types of policies might be used instead, this book will prove a fascinating read not just for scholars and policy-makers concerned with our macroeconomic and financial problems but for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of our contemporary economic debate.
‘This admirable and comprehensive collection should prove of interest to
anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the financial crisis.’
– Tyler Cowen, George Mason University, US

‘The Great Crash of 2008 has raised profound questions concerning the orientation of modern economics and the adequacy of its theory. Those justifiably looking for alternatives will find this book invaluable. It contains a rich array of alternative perspectives on the crisis, and it will hopefully help stimulate the further theoretical developments that are so urgently required.’
– Geoffrey M. Hodgson, University of Hertfordshire, UK
Contributors: P.J. Boettke, T. Congdon, R. Costanza, B. Fine, J.P. Gunning, S. Horwitz, S. Kates, S. Keen, J.E. King, M. Lewis, W.J. Luther, R.E. Prasch, M. Ricketts, J. Toporowski, C.J. Whalen, L.R. Wray
Contents:

Introduction
Steven Kates

1. The Ordinary Economics of an Extraordinary Crisis
Peter J. Boettke and William J. Luther

2. Did Bernanke’s ‘Creditism’ Aggravate the Financial Crisis of 2008?
Tim Congdon

3. Toward a New Sustainable Economy
Robert Costanza

4. Looking at the Crisis through Marx – Or Is It the Other Way About?
Ben Fine

5. Incentive Divergence and the Global Financial Crisis
J. Patrick Gunning

6. The Microeconomic Foundations of Macroeconomic Disorder: An Austrian Perspective on the Great Recession of 2008
Steven Horwitz

7. The Crisis in Economic Theory: The Dead End of Keynesian Economics
Steven Kates

8. The Coming Depression and the End of Economic Delusion
Steve Keen

9. Reflections on the Global Financial Crisis
J.E. King

10. An Islamic Economic Perspective on the Global Financial Crisis
Mervyn Lewis

11. Bankers Gone Wild: The Crash of 2008
Robert E. Prasch

12. The Governance of Financial Transactions
Martin Ricketts

13. Excess Debt and Asset Deflation
Jan Toporowski

14. An Institutionalist Perspective on the Global Financial Crisis
Charles J. Whalen

15. Minsky, the Global Money-Manager Crisis, and the Return of Big Government
L. Randall Wray

Index