How neoclassical economics contributed to causing today’s crisis

22 October, 2012 at 19:01 | Posted in Economics | 1 Comment

Oxford professor John Kay has a very interesting article on why economists have tended to go astray in their – as my old mentor Erik Dahmén used to say – tool sheds. The article is essential reading for all those who want to understand why mainstream – neoclassical – economists actively have contributed to causing todays’s economic crisis rather than to solving it.

Perhaps this becomes less perplexing to grasp when considering what one of its main proponents today – Robert Lucas – maintained already in 1983:

My thesis in this lecture is that macroeconomics in this original sense has succeeded: its central problem of depression-prevention has been solved, for all practical purposes, and has in fact been solved for many decades.

And this comes from an economist who has built his whole career on the assumption that people are hyper rational “robot imitations” with rational expectations and next to perfect ability to process information. Mirabile dictu!

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  1. When reality falsify your statements and you still persist with them, then you have left science and started a sect for homeopathy. Open any newspaper any day and neoclassics are falsified. They argue in ad hoc, and thus have more in common with retailers of homeopathy than science.


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