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Reviving Keynesianism: the modelling of the financial system makes the difference

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  • Peter Bofinger

    (Universität Würzburg, Germany)

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Keynesian economics is not dead. Instead, it is in a similar condition to Sleeping Beauty after she pricked her finger on the spindle. A large hedge of thorns has been laid over the original Keynesian building so that it is hardly recognizable today. Keynesian economics has suffered from a failure to sufficiently identify the core of the Keynesian revolution. This paper argues that the core concerns the distinction between real and monetary exchange economies, and that a proper understanding of money's role requires identifying the mechanisms of the financial system. Doing so reveals the fundamental incompatibility between real and monetary analysis.

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  • Peter Bofinger, 2020. "Reviving Keynesianism: the modelling of the financial system makes the difference," Review of Keynesian Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing, vol. 8(1), pages 61-83, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:elg:rokejn:v:8:y:2020:i:1:p61-83
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    Cited by:

    1. Marc Lavoie, 2020. "Was Hyman Minsky a post-Keynesian economist?," Review of Evolutionary Political Economy, Springer, vol. 1(1), pages 85-101, May.
    2. Peter Bofinger, 2020. "Sparen und Investieren im Spannungsfeld widerstreitender Paradigmen," Wirtschaftsdienst, Springer;ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, vol. 100(8), pages 577-581, August.

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    Keywords

    Keynesianism; Neoclassical Synthesis;

    JEL classification:

    • B22 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Macroeconomics
    • B26 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Financial Economics
    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian; Modern Monetary Theory
    • E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy

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