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Why the Economists Got It Wrong

Why the Economists Got It Wrong

The Crisis and Its Cultural Roots

By Alessandro Roncaglia

The book illustrates the development of the financial crisis and traces its cultural origins in mainstream economics. The Keynesian theory of uncertainty and Minsky's concept of financial fragility provide an alternative interpretation of past events and future policy developments.

PDF, 82 Pages

ISBN:9780857286697

January 2010

£10.39, $15.96

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'Why the Economists Got It Wrong' illustrates the origins and development of the financial crisis, tracing  its cultural origins in mainstream views which favoured financial liberalization policies. These views are contrasted with those of Keynes and Keynesian economists such as Minsky. Thus, among other things, Keynes’s ideas on uncertainty and Minsky’s ideas on financial fragility are taken up. The book points to an interpretation of economic events where uncertainty plays a central role, the dichotomy between real and monetary variables is rejected, and elements from the Classical approach are revived. This implies drastic changes in economic policy recipes, and particularly at economic policies aimed at building institutional and regulatory structures in order to counter financial fragility.

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Alessandro Roncaglia is a professor of economics at the University of Rome La Sapienza and a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy.

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Anthem Other Canon Economics

Table of Contents

Introduction; The Sequence of Events; The Causes of the Financial Crisis; The Effects of the Crisis; The Economists who Foresaw the Crisis; Risk and Uncertainty; The Crisis of Economics: Neoclassical Candides and Keynesian Voltaires; A New Bretton Woods?; The Future of Capitalism; Bibliography

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