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Edmund Phelps and Modern Macroeconomics


  • Robert Dimand


Edmund Phelps, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics, has been a central figure in the development of macroeconomics since his 1961 article 'The Golden Rule of Accumulation' on optimal economic growth. His 1967-68 critique of the stability of the Phillips curve trade-off, together with Friedman (1968), led to the expectations-augmented Phillips curve and the natural rate hypothesis. His work on the choice-theoretic microeconomic foundations of wage, price, and employment dynamics under imperfect information, changed how economists do macroeconomics. Phelps subsequently developed natural rate models in a non-monetary, structuralist direction distinct from Friedman's monetarism and from New Classical economics, analyzing the natural rate of unemployment as a function of the real structure of the economy: real sectoral demands, factor supplies, technology, taxes, subsidies, tariffs, and real interest and exchange rates.

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  • Robert Dimand, 2008. "Edmund Phelps and Modern Macroeconomics," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(1), pages 23-39.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:revpoe:v:20:y:2008:i:1:p:23-39
    DOI: 10.1080/09538250701661798

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    1. Layard, Richard & Nickell, Stephen & Jackman, Richard, 2005. "Unemployment: Macroeconomic Performance and the Labour Market," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199279173.
    2. Phelps, Edmund S., 1980. "Studies in Macroeconomic Theory," Elsevier Monographs, Elsevier, edition 1, number 9780125540025 edited by Shell, Karl.
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    1. Pies, Ingo, 2011. "Theoretische Grundlagen demokratischer Wirtschafts- und Gesellschaftspolitik: Der Beitrag von Edmund Phelps," Discussion Papers 2011-10, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Chair of Economic Ethics.

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