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From The Keynesian Revolution to the Klein-Goldberger Model: Klein and the Dynamization of Keynesian Theory

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  • Michel DE VROEY

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    (UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES))

  • Pierre MALGRANGE

    (CEPREMAP)

Abstract

According to Klein, Keynes’s General Theory was crying out for empirical application. He set himself the task of implementing this extension. Our paper documents the different stages of his endeavor, focusing on his The Keynesian Revolution book, Journal of Political Economy article on aggregate demand theory, and his essay on the empirical foundations of Keynesian theory published in the Post-Keynesian Economics book edited by Kurihara. Klein’s claim is that his empirical model (the Klein-Goldberger model) vindicates Keynes’s theoretical insights, in particular the existence of involuntary unemployment. While praising Klein for having succeeded in making Keynesian theory empirical and dynamic, we argue that he paid a high price for this achievement. Klein and Goldberger’s model is less Keynesian than they claim. In particular, Klein’s claim that it validates the existence of involuntary unemployment does not stand up to close scrutiny.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES) in its series Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) with number 2010019.

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Date of creation: 31 Mar 2010
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  1. Michel, DE VROEY, 2005. "Involuntary Unemployment : the Elusive Quest for a Theory," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2005004, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
  2. Michael De Vroey, 2000. "IS-LM à la Hicks versus IS-LM à la Modigliani," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 32(2), pages 293-316, Summer.
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  1. Michel De Vroey & Pedro Garcia Duarte, 2012. "In Search of Lost Time: The Neoclassical Synthesis," Working Papers, Department of Economics 2012_07, University of São Paulo (FEA-USP).
  2. Hall, Stephen George & Roudoi, Andrei & Albu, Lucian Liviu & Lupu, Radu & Calin, Adrian Cantemir, 2014. "Lawrence R. Klein and the Economic Forecasting – A Survey," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(1), pages 5-14, March.
  3. Michel DE VROEY, 2010. "Microfoundations: a decisive dividing line between Keynesian and new classical macroeconomics?," Discussion Papers (IRES - Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales) 2010030, Université catholique de Louvain, Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES).

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