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Jerzy Osiatyński

1 INTRODUCTION Shortly before the present volume of the European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention , devoted to re-examining the economics of Kazimierz Łaski, was published, Oxford University Press (OUP) brought out the English edition of Łaski's last book, that is, his Lectures in Macroeconomics: A Capitalist Economy Without Unemployment ( Łaski 2019 ). The book appeared originally in Polish, in November 2015, a couple of weeks after Łaski passed away. The Lectures , closely linked with his 2009 Myths and Reality in Economic Policy

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Jan Toporowski

1 INTRODUCTION It is a great honour to contribute this paper commemorating an outstanding colleague of Michał Kalecki. My discussions with Kazimierz Łaski were the source of much of the personal information that allowed me to complete the picture that I have presented in my biography of Kalecki ( Toporowski 2013 ). They more than confirmed the scholarship for which Łaski became known and respected all over the world. His final years were devoted to an exposition of Kaleckian macroeconomic theory in a series of lectures that I was asked to review for publication

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Michael A. Landesmann

1 INTRODUCTION Nicholas Kaldor (1908–1986) and Kazimierz Łaski (1921–2015) were major representatives of Keynesian analysis, Kaldor a central figure of the Cambridge Keynesian school (particularly prominent in the 1950s up to the 1970s), and Łaski one of the main proponents developing Michał Kalecki's work. 1 Although Nicholas Kaldor wrote in the early 1970s, critically, about issues of European economic integration, while Kazimierz Łaski wrote in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008–2012 – that is, 40 years later – on the failures of the policy framework of

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Martin Riese

1 INTRODUCTION Kazimierz Laski, professor emeritus at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, senior economist and former scientific director of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (WIIW), passed away in October 2015 at the age of 94. 1 Born in Poland in 1921 into a Jewish family, he survived the Nazi occupation of his homeland and the Holocaust under extremely difficult circumstances. After the war he studied in Warsaw at the Communist Party's School of Social Sciences and did post-doctoral work at the Main School of Planning and Statistics

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Edited by Eckhard Hein, Martin Riese and Bernhard Schütz

In October 2015 the Polish–Austrian Kaleckian economist Kazimierz Łaski, professor emeritus at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and former scientific director of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), passed away at the age of 94. Łaski was born in Poland in 1921 into a Jewish family. He managed to survive the Nazi–German occupation and the Holocaust under very severe circumstances. In post-war Poland he studied in Warsaw at the Communist Party's School of Social Sciences. Then, at the Main School of Planning and Statistics, he did his

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Josef Falkinger

1 INTRODUCTION Laski has been a compass in my life as economist. Besides humanity, a belief in scientific analysis, and robust modeling, it is in particular his real view of the world that provided one with a sense of orientation for complex relationships. But what is a realistic approach to an economy dominated by beliefs in financial markets and attention focused through the internet or wisdom inferred from big data? I got to know Laski in the 1970s as one of my formative teachers in economics (the other one was Professor Rothschild) and later as co-author and

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Grzegorz Konat

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Forum: »Das Leben ist stärker als die Dogmen«

Interview mit Professor Kazimierz Laski

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Julio López G.

This paper proposes an explanation of Mexico's economic evolution during the period in which its neoliberal strategy has been consolidated and consistently implemented. The focus is on global issues. The paper provides an interpretation of macroeconomic developments and the factors behind Mexico's slow growth, with an emphasis on economic policies and their consequences. A particularly important factor is the phenomenal growth of the import coefficient. On the basis of previous findings, the paper also presents some prospective scenarios for Mexico. The main purpose of the exercises is to show the difficulties faced by Mexico, which is very open to international trade, in combining fast growth with external balance.

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Hubert Gabrisch

1 INTRODUCTION In this article, I summarize Kazimierz Łaski's contributions to the economics and politics of transition from a centrally planned into a market economy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The period considered includes the years 1989–1997. His contributions consist mainly of policy papers that explain the economic consequences of transition policies by applying the analytical framework of Michał Kalecki. Łaski's dealing with practical transition issues also had an influence on some of his later analytical papers and textbooks, which I will only