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What Was Lost with IS-LM

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The dominance of the IS-LM model in macroeconomics after 1937 led to the neglect and sometimes the outright loss of a number of important issues that had earlier been prominent in the literature. All these losses were related to the fact that economic life takes place over time, from which the IS-LM model's formal comparative static nature abstracted. Ideas about explicit dynamic modelling, inter-temporal choice and expectations, the analysis of policy issues in terms of regimes, and coordination failures in the inter-temporal allocation of resources, are discussed from this standpoint. The extent and importance of the losses are discussed, as are questions about how the intellectual dominance of IS-LM affected the forms in which some of these ideas have subsequently re-emerged.

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Paper provided by University of Western Ontario, Department of Economics in its series UWO Department of Economics Working Papers with number 20036.

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Date of creation: Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:uwo:uwowop:20036

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  1. Nelson, Edward, 2003. "Money and the Transmission Mechanism in the Optimizing IS-LM Specification," CEPR Discussion Papers 3898, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Michael D. Bordo & Anna J. Schwartz, 2003. "IS-LM and Monetarism," NBER Working Papers 9713, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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  1. Esther-Mirjam Sent & Roger Backhouse & AW Bob Coats & John Davis & Harald Hagemann, 2005. "Perspectives on Michael A. Bernstein's A Perilous Progress: Economists and Public Purpose in Twentieth-Century America," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1), pages 127-146.
  2. Schiffman, Daniel A., 2004. "Mainstream economics, heterodoxy and academic exclusion: a review essay," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 20(4), pages 1079-1095, November.

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