Teaching Post Keynesian Economics

Teaching Post Keynesian Economics

Edited by Jesper Jespersen and Mogens Ove Madsen

This book contends that post Keynesian economics has its own methodological and didactic basis, and its realistic analysis is much-needed in the current economic and financial crisis. At a time when the original message of Keynes’ General Theory is no longer present in the most university syllabuses, this book celebrates the uniqueness of teaching post Keynesian economics, providing comparisons with traditional economic rationale and illustrating the advantages of post Keynesian pedagogy.

Chapter 2: The economist who mistook his model for a market

Roy J. Rotheim

Subjects: economics and finance, post-keynesian economics, teaching economics


Can we expect Post Keynesian economics to be embraced and taught in mainstream academia? If ever there were a compelling case for Post Keynesian economics in both theory and policy it would be now in light of the anemic recovery in the global recession of 2007–9 and the levels of high unemployment that have persisted long after that recession was to have ended officially. Interventionist policies during that recession were, however, too late and too little, hampered by an antipathy among policy makers toward such policies. At one level removed there was also a corresponding economic mainstream view based on closed system thinking – predicated on the impossibility of economic fluctuations for the economy as a whole – that admitted to no theoretical basis for lending support to these policies. In the place of expansionary fiscal and monetary policies that were put into force we are now seeing a call for a return to economic growth by the traditional policies of fiscal austerity and monetary restraint. The persistently high and prolonged unemployment world-wide is deemed to be structural, not remediable by interventionist monetary or fiscal policies.

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