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Stabilizing an unstable economy (Chapters 1-2)

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  • Minsky, Hyman

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In the first chapter of his seminal book Hyman Minsky formulates methodological orientations in economic studies and general economic policies. The second chapter is devoted to the analysis of the period of financial instability in the United States since the late 1960's to early 1980's and the first recession 1973-1975. The author shows that due to the fiscal stimulus on the part of Big Government and the central bank as a lender of last-instance the US economy managed to avoid the depression and recession relatively quickly overcome. It happened not only because deficit financing budget expenditures supported the demand, but also because of increasing public debt act as a stabilizer of portfolios of creditors. During this period, it changed the character of the economic crisis and recession: instead of deep depression financial instability has taken a high and accelerating inflation form.

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  • Minsky, Hyman, 2016. "Stabilizing an unstable economy (Chapters 1-2)," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, vol. 2, pages 52-91, April.
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    Keywords

    financial instability hypothesis; the theory of the business cycle; the impact of public debt on the balance sheets; macroeconomic automatic stabilizers;

    JEL classification:

    • B31 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought: Individuals - - - Individuals
    • E12 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Keynes; Keynesian; Post-Keynesian
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E6 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook

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