Sunday, April 27, 2014

How the Economy Works

The first paperback English language edition of my book How the Economy Works has just been published by Oxford University Press.  I hope this edition finds a new audience that will take the time to consider the ideas I present.  The book provides, not only a history of contemporary economic thought, but also some fresh ideas for dealing with financial crises and for the design of a new financial architecture to prevent them from reoccurring.

Here are a few excerpts from the new Preface.
How the Economy Works, (HTEW) first appeared in 2010. By the time of its publication, the world was in the throes of the worst recession since the 1930s. Thirty-seven months after the NBER called the recession over, in June of 2009, the U.S. economy is still a long way from regaining all of the jobs lost during the crisis. I wrote this book to help you understand why this happened and to offer some new ideas to prevent similar financial crises from reoccurring in the future.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Teaching Economics

Students at the University of Manchester in England are unhappy with the way they are being taught and they are not alone. In a widely publicized, and highly articulate report, the Post-Crash Economics Society, a group of Manchester Univesity students, is highly critical of "business as usual" in the economics curriculum in the wake of the crisis.

There is much to agree with in their arguments.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Expectations Employment and Prices

I am teaching two graduate classes this quarter, and that gives me the opportunity to publicize some ideas that I'm teaching in my classes, and that I have been working on for some time. I plan to put up a series of posts explaining the ideas in my 2010 book, Expectations Employment and Prices. I will also talk about extensions of the book that I have subsequently published in peer reviewed journals.

Here is how I characterized the project in the preface to EEP.
I have long believed that modern interpreters of Keynes missed the main point of The General Theory; high unemployment is an equilibrium phenomenon that can persist for a very long time if nothing is done by a government to correct the problem. This was the point of my 1984 paper, which argued that the natural rate hypothesis is false. In the intervening years, I had time to refine this idea. Expectations Employment and Prices is the result.