Economics without Keynesian ‘impurities’

22 Dec, 2018 at 12:41 | Posted in Economics | 1 Comment

neoliberalism-meme-keanuSamuelson’s reconciliation of the micro-economic ideal type with involuntary unemployment was repudiated, along with Keynesian prescriptions, in favor of a view that there could be no involuntary unemployment , hence that government action was unnecessary. The result was a doctrinaire derivation of the laissez-faire conclusions that had been overturned by the formalist revolution; economics was now cleansed of Keynesian impurities that had been introduced in the interest of realism.

Peter Boettke

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  1. Either he forgot the scare quotes around “Economics” or his editor got confused. As far as the scientific study of the material provisioning of society, it was utilitarian micro-pseudo-economics that was the impurity, and the impurity was cleansed of its faltering effort to include a bit of science.


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