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Contemporary Macroeconomic Theory

Ernesto Screpanti and Stefano Zamagni

in An Outline of the History of Economic Thought

Second edition

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279142
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602887 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199279144.003.0010
Contemporary Macroeconomic Theory

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The first of three chapters dedicated to the post-war period. Compares and contrasts the 'neoclassical synthesis' and the monetarist counter-revolution. Shows the rational expectation revolution as an offspring of Friedman's approach. Considers the non-Walrasian equilibrium theory and analyses the research programme of microfoundations of macroeconomics in some detail. Finally, assesses the post-Keynesian and new Keynesian approaches.

Keywords: Cambridge distributive equation; consumption function; instability of capitalism; neoclassical synthesis; Phillips curve; rational expectations; stagflation

Chapter.  25549 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Economic Thought

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