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Veblen’s Institutionalist Elaboration of Rent Theory. Michael Hudson’s new book The Bubble and Beyond has just been released and can be purchased here.

Veblen’s Institutionalist Elaboration of Rent Theory

Speech given at the Veblen, Capitalism and Possibilities for a Rational Economic Order Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, June 6th, 2012 Simon Patten recalled in 1912 that his generation of American economists – most of whom studied in Germany in the 1870s – were taught that John Stuart Mill’s 1848 Principles of Political Economy was the high-water mark of classical thought. However, Mill’s reformist philosophy turned out to be “not a goal but a half-way house” toward the Progressive Era’s reforms. Chief Source of Our Economic Woes. I’ve been doing some reading and it seems that the source of our present economic woes can be narrowed down to one or more of the following explanations: Explanation School of Thought Workers overpaid neoclassical Jobless don't want work chicago school Falling rate of profit orthodox marxist Falling real wage share marxian Government choking business right-libertarian Rent seeking classical Excessive growth ecological Liquidity trap orthodox keynesian Demand deficiency post keynesian Net saving desire > NFA MMT Ineffective regulation institutionalist Wrong target (NGDP) market monetarism Wrong target (FP) MMR Hyperinflation austrian Imperialism trotskyist Moral malaise religious right Socialists in government gun lobby Government's run out of money official government position Support for these competing theoretical explanations appears to vary across segments of the community.

Chief Source of Our Economic Woes

As best as I can tell … Politicians prefer theories that excuse their own corruption and incompetence. Second Bill of Rights. The Second Bill of Rights was a list of rights proposed by Franklin D.

Second Bill of Rights

Roosevelt during his State of the Union Address on January 11, 1944.[1] In his address Roosevelt suggested that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement, a second "bill of rights".


MMT. Modern Monetary Theory is an unconventional take on economic strategy. What’s more, his father, John Kenneth Galbraith, was the most famous economist of his generation: a Harvard professor, best-selling author and confidante of the Kennedy family.

Modern Monetary Theory is an unconventional take on economic strategy

Jamie has embraced a role as protector and promoter of the elder’s legacy. But if Galbraith stood out on the panel, it was because of his offbeat message. Most viewed the budget surplus as opportune: a chance to pay down the national debt, cut taxes, shore up entitlements or pursue new spending programs. He viewed it as a danger: If the government is running a surplus, money is accruing in government coffers rather than in the hands of ordinary people and companies, where it might be spent and help the economy.

“I said economists used to understand that the running of a surplus was fiscal (economic) drag,” he said, “and with 250 economists, they giggled.” –The Washington Post’s best economics article, ever. And still it’s wrong. « #Monetary Sovereignty – Mitchell. Mitchell’s laws: The more budgets are cut and taxes inceased, the weaker an economy becomes.

–The Washington Post’s best economics article, ever. And still it’s wrong. « #Monetary Sovereignty – Mitchell

To survive long term, a monetarily non-sovereign government must have a positive balance of payments. Austerity = poverty and leads to civil disorder. Those, who do not understand the differences between Monetary Sovereignty and monetary non-sovereignty, do not understand economics. Otherwise Good WaPo Article on Modern Monetary Theory Marred by Undeserved Praise of Roosevelt Institute.

In the “wonders never cease” category, the Washington Post, which is normally firmly in the camp of orthodox economic thinking and budget hawkery, ran a very well researched and complementary article by Dylan Matthews on Modern Monetary Theory.

Otherwise Good WaPo Article on Modern Monetary Theory Marred by Undeserved Praise of Roosevelt Institute

This may be a sign of MMT moving out of being regarded in policy circles as fringe (some might say lunatic fringe) to a useful part of an economist’s toolkit. Matthews tries to be scrupulous in giving credit where credit is due, in both how much effort it has taken for the idea to obtain some legitimacy and who its major proponents are. Modern Monetary Theory’s Big Weekend: The Problem with Surpluses  - US News Business Blog. It was obvious to me way back before I had ever heard of MMT that governments should probably never run a budget surplus—or should do so only in dire emergencies.

Modern Monetary Theory’s Big Weekend: The Problem with Surpluses  - US News Business Blog

When the government runs a surplus, that means it is taking more money out of the economy than it is spending back into the economy. It is making us poorer. The Challenge to Status Quo Economics Everybody is Talking About. Over the last week, an important approach to economics that has spent years on the sidelines went mainstream: Modern Monetary Theory.

The Challenge to Status Quo Economics Everybody is Talking About

This is good news for anyone who wants to see the neoliberal paradigm challenged, and a positive sign to heterodox economists who have difficulty getting a hearing in a field still gripped by outmoded models. The theory, which provides unusual perspectives on issues including currency, debt, and government spending, kicked off in the mid-90s and has since grown into a movement. Its roster of proponents includes James K. Galbraith; Australian economist Bill Mitchel; Randall Wray and Stephanie Kelton of the University of Missouri-Kansas City; Rob Parenteau; Pavlina Tcherneva; Scott Fullwilier; Warren Mosler; and blogger Marshall Auerback.

Mainstream economics and Modern Monetary Theory: A family tree. Culture Connoisseur Badge Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment.

Mainstream economics and Modern Monetary Theory: A family tree

More about badges | Request a badge Washingtologist Badge Washingtologists consistently post thought-provoking, timely comments on events, communities, and trends in the Washington area. Economic Maverick: MMT in the House! "Rouge" school of economics gets mainstream press in the Wash Post! After a long hiatus I had to come back and post about this much deserved attention recently given by a mainstream US media organ, The Washington Post, to heterodox economics - specifically the Post Keynesian and MMT (Modern Monetary Theory) schools!

Economic Maverick: MMT in the House! "Rouge" school of economics gets mainstream press in the Wash Post!

This is potentially a big moment and could signal an opening for launching "rogue", "maverick" and "non mainstream" heterodox thinking into the "mainstream"! Pasted below is a great chart from the article outlining the “family trees” of the Post-Keynesian, the “mainstream” Keynesian and Neo-Classical schools. The fact that MMT even received this kind of attention in the mainstream media is itself now becoming a story. FT Alphavile had a few great posts here and the major Post Keynesian blogs from the Univ.

MO Kansas City, Levy Institute and Naked Capitalism – all blogs we have links to on the side bars – were mentioned in the article and all reacted quickly to the watershed moment Public Surplus + Private Surplus + Current Account Surplus = 0. Modern Monetary Theory: What's Modern About It? In a newspaper that relies on the same old crew of reliably wrong experts for the vast majority of its economic reporting, it's good to see this piece by Dylan Matthews on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). I've had many people ask me my assessment of MMT. I consider many of the leading proponents of MMT to be friends and generally find myself on the same side of political debates. However, I have to confess to being a bit unclear as to what exactly separates MMT from the good old Keynesian economics I learned in my youth. My reading of Keynes is that economies will often be constrained by demand, absent intervention from the government.

That means that expansionary fiscal and/or monetary policy will often be in order to keep an economy running near full employment. Dan Kervick responds to Dean Baker. Dan Kervick posted the following as a comment at CEPR in response to Dean Baker's recent post on MMT, in which Baker recommends using monetary policy and increasing exports along with fiscal policy to address lagging demand. Dan also posted this as a comment here. I am promoting it to a post. Quick Thoughts on Modern Monetary Theory.

Since there were many thoughtful comments on my earlier post, it seemed worth saying a bit more by way of response. As I noted at the onset, I did not see a difference between MMT and the Keynes that I first studied more than 30 years ago. I guess I still don’t see the difference. The WaPo MMT Post Explosion: Dean Baker's Second Try (1) Dean says that MMT economists advocate focusing on the first channel and “disparage” using the other two, while not recognizing the fourth at all. Dean goes on to discuss his views compared to what he thinks is the MMT position on the “four” channels beginning with the monetary channel.

Like MMT Says: Monetary Policy Would Be Ineffective He replies to criticisms saying that the monetary policy channel would be ineffective in creating recovery by saying that he was only claiming that the Fed can do more than it has so far done, and not that monetary policy could produce full employment. The WaPo MMT Post Explosion: Dean Baker's Second Try On MMT (2) This is the second installment of a critical review of Dean Baker's second reaction to the debate kicked off by the WaPo's piece on Modern Monetary Theory, written by Dylan Matthews. The first installment discussed Dean's views on using the monetary channel to boost aggregate demand, and began criticism on his views on devaluing the currency and increasing exports. This post continues that critique, and later takes up his views on work sharing.

Expanding US Exports at the Expense of Decreasing Real Wealth? The WaPo MMT Post Explosion: Dean Baker's Second Try On MMT (3) WaPo Covers MMT, But Does Its Usual Bad Job: Part Four, The Victory. More Musings on Modern Monetary Theory. MMT in the Headlines. The WaPo MMT Post Explosion: Jared Bernstein's Cool Up To a Point. Default vs. Hyperinflation? The WaPo MMT Post Explosion: Matthew Yglesias's Reaction to MMT. Stephanie Kelton responds to Dylan Matthews at Ezra's. MMT and its discontents. Yes Virginia, there really is Modern Monetary Theory. Why MMT is like an autostereogram. Who's Afraid of a Little Inflation? Dylan Matthews has a nice piece in the Washington Post today about Modern Monetary Theory, an economic model that, roughly speaking, says government deficits are always good unless there's a risk of runaway inflation. Jared Bernstein comments: For me, I’m down with MMTs up to a point. I very much agree that deficit reduction has been deeply miscast as pure virtue, with little regard for its economic impact.

As I’ve written many times here, the first question re fiscal policy, at least until we’re reliably headed toward full employment is not “how quickly does your deficit come down?” It’s: “is your deficit large enough to replace lost private sector demand?” Now this I don't get. This Episode of Life: A friendly response to Dylan Matt's "You know the deficit hawks. Now meet the deficit owls." In Response to Dylan Matt's piece on Ezra Klein's wonk blog. Thank you for writing this. It was one of the most fair and substantive MMT write-ups I’ve ever seen in a mainstream publication.

Clearly someone has been doing their homework! I’d just like to add some data to help you and your readers judge the arguments of the MMT critics included in the article. There are two key points that I’d like to correct in your article. Krugman didn’t reject a central tenet of MMT though he thought he did (he didn’t do his homework or worse). The mainstream economists have not been able to explain why Japan (or the US now) doesn’t need to pay exorbitant interest they keep warning about, whereas MMTers have long ago explained interest rates on the national debt is a govt policy choice, including the decision to sell interest bearing debt at all.

New Economic Perspectives: Addressing the Dominant Critique of MMT. Modern Monetary Theory and Austrian Economics Walk Into a Bar... John Carney Doesn't Believe That Government Spending Can Achieve Public Purpose. MMT and Austrian Econ: A (Wonky) Dialogue. More on Savings and Investment. 3spoken: Banks: Reserves sorted. Now lets talk capital.

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