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The macroeconomics of Trygve Haavelmo

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  • André K. Anundsen

    (Department of Economics, University of Oslo, Norway)

  • Ragnar Nymoen

    (Department of Economics, University of Oslo, Norway)

  • Tord S. Krogh

    (Department of Economics, University of Oslo, Norway)

  • Jon Vislie

    (Department of Economics, University of Oslo, Norway)

Abstract

Haavelmo’s “A study in the theory of investment” from 1960 is a tour de force in macroeconomic theorising. His later offerings in this area are less known outside Norway. In this paper, we present his models of business cycles (crises) and inflation dynamics. The business cycle model generates cycles as an endogenous outcome of the mismatch between the return to capital and investors’ required rate. Haavelmo approached inflation dynamics from two different perspectives: First, in the spirit of Knut Wicksell, he included a “cumulative process” into his business cycle model. His second formulation is related to conflict theories of inflation.

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  • André K. Anundsen & Ragnar Nymoen & Tord S. Krogh & Jon Vislie, 2012. "The macroeconomics of Trygve Haavelmo," Nordic Journal of Political Economy, Nordic Journal of Political Economy, vol. 37, pages 1-2.
  • Handle: RePEc:noj:journl:v:37:y:2012:p:2
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    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy

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