Category Archives: J.M.Keynes

Italian electorate rejects austerity by overwhelming margin

The Italian electorate has overwhelmingly rejected the austerity which its technocratic government led by Mario Monti with the backing of Germany had imposed on the country. Mr. Monti’s party according to La Repubblicca received a mere 10.5 % of the … Continue reading

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Europe still mired in austerity, slow growth and possible recession and excessive unemployment

The situation in Europe continues to be worrisome and exasperating. The stubborn ideologically driven opposition to stimulating the economy through major infrastructure and employment creating investments and a supportive low interest monetary policy including where appropriate quantitative easing is long … Continue reading

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German American economist N.Johannsen and impair savings:important clue to current slow recovery

The German American amateur economist Nicholas Johannsen (1844-1928) published a work in 1908 entitled A Neglected Point in Connection with Crises in which he developed the notion of ”impair savings” He used this notion to point out that crises originated … Continue reading

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Canadian employment falls by 21,900 but headline unemployment rate falls to 7.0 %

Statistics Canada has released its latest Labour force survey for the month of January. It shows that unemployment has fallen to 7.0 % but there are 21,900 fewer people employed and the fall in the headline rate is due to … Continue reading

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Boris Backs Britain Away From Austerity

The colourful Tory mayor of London, Boris Johnson has come out forcefully in opposition to the disasterous austerity policies that are at the centre of  Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s economic strategy. Following in the tradition of British Conservative … Continue reading

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Keynes’s Fundamental Equations From The Treatise on Money

The symbols used in A Treatise on Money are somewhat different from the General Theory  and for those who are familiar with GT but not the Treatise are a little confusing at first. See both Keynes’s A Treatise on Money vol.1 ch.10 … Continue reading

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Poli 610:Macro-economic theory and policy after Keynes and the crash of 2008

Pol. 610  Macro-economic policy-making after Keynes Concordia University fall, 2012 Prof. H. Chorney tel. 848 2424 ext.2106  e mail Chorney@alcor.concordia.ca Office hours tba This course is an intensive examination of macro-economic policy-making and macro-economic theory in the light of recent … Continue reading

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Monetary theory and fiscal policy:the insights of Alvin Hansen

One of the greatest interpreters of J.M.Keynes was the American economist Alvin Hansen whose A Guide to Keynes became a staple for beginning macro students during the 1950s and sixties. Hansen made several important errors of interpretation and the IS LM … Continue reading

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On Debt follies and deficit hysteria:intelligent voices from the past

Among the many 1000 books in my library is a macro economics text, Macroeconomics:The measurement,analysis and control of aggregate economic activity, 3rd edition from 1968 written by Thomas Dernburg who was then  Professor of Economics at Oberlin college and Duncan … Continue reading

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Some notes on the multiplier

A key component of Keynes’ General Theory was R.F. Kahn’s development of the multiplier first published in the Economic Journal in June, 1931 ‘The  Relation of Home Investment to Unemployment.’ Kahn was not the only economist to develop this concept. … Continue reading

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