25 Years of Economic Theory: Retrospect and prospect by W. F. Duisenberg (auth.), T. J. Kastelein, S. K. Kuipers, W.

By W. F. Duisenberg (auth.), T. J. Kastelein, S. K. Kuipers, W. A. Nijenhuis, G. R. Wagenaar (eds.)

Almost 3 years handed because the school of Economics of the collage of Groningen celebrated its twenty fifth Anniversary in 1973. past due, yet no longer too overdue we are hoping, to offer the lectures of so much of our special site visitors, who got here from the U.S. and varied ecu nations to notify the Congress individuals in their opinion and ideas on "25 Years of financial idea: Retrospect and Prospect. " the issues we met in publishing the lectures, according to the contract we made with our visitors, usually are not strange, as we all know who has been an editor of the sort of quantity sooner than. The promise to provide a lecture and to jot down it down afterwards besides is way tougher to take care of than basically to offer a speech. all people understands there's not anything so terrifying as to be reminded of your promise to jot down your lecture, specially if just a type-written textual content, positioned down from a tape, is at your disposal. you're definite of your remembrance: "That very day I heard applause, there have been pleasant phrases and maybe a country of no longer finishing enthusiasm. And now I obtain this type-written textual content of my speech with a request, filled with innocence, of those pleasant committee individuals, "will you be so type as to arrange your textual content for ebook ']" yet this one, is that this my textual content? Unbelievable.

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Not by selling "Ourselves to HarrodDomar equations; they are seductive, but although I must confess that I had once fallen for them, we can only conclude that they lead us astray. The fixed proportions give an exaggerated idea of the instability of the national income. If Harrod - Domar models were realistic the stable development of the last twenty-five years would have been impossible. Moreover, if we believe in fixed proportions our understanding of income distribution as a phenomenon explained by relative scarcity goes down the drain.

Economic policy should aim at unusual combinations of goals, like full employment, monetary stability and a cleaner world. The type of research that is in order to understand these problems should be given priority. This is the new awareness in economics; in this sense the work of Meadows and his team constitutes a real watershed in the history of economic thought. Between the sound and the simple-minded Some Reflections on the Methodology of International Trade Theory B. Sodersten I will not, in this lecture, try to survey the whole area of international economics.

And one cannot of course assert that in a Keynesian system investment always fills the gap between productive capacity on the one hand and consumption and government expenditure on the other hand. That would be a return to narrow-minded classical theory. But this is not the real danger, because we all know that investment does not behave in that way. The real danger is that these tolerant neo-Keynesian models may mask the fact that we have no specific theory of investment at all - a crucial hole in our macroeconomics, so that we are left with the agnostic impression that investments are determined by an unknown quantity called Animal Spirits.

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