The ‘neoclassical synthesis’ — more religion than science

18 Nov, 2014 at 14:49 | Posted in Economics | Comments Off on The ‘neoclassical synthesis’ — more religion than science

The advocates of free markets in all their versions say that crises are rare events, though they have been happening with increasing frequency as we change the rules to reflect beliefs in perfect markets. I would argue that economists, like doctors, have much to learn from pathology.religion-and-scienceWe see more clearly in these unusual events how the economy really functions. In the aftermath of the Great Depression, a peculiar doctrine came to be accepted, the so-called “neoclassical synthesis.” It argued that once markets were restored to full employment, neoclassical principles would apply. The economy would be efficient. We should be clear: this was not a theorem but a religious belief. The idea was always suspect.

Joseph Stiglitz

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