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Theory to the Rescue of Large-scale Models: Edmond Malinvaud's Alternative View on the Search for Microfoundations

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  • Matthieu Renault

    (Université de Côte d'Azur
    CNRS, GREDEG)

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Edmond Malinvaud's case is peculiar in the history of Macro as he committed to two different microfoundational programs, namely the disequilibrium theory (more properly, the non-Walrasian approach) and the practice of large-scale macroeconomic modeling. Such a twofold commitment was far from anecdotal because Malinvaud regarded these programs as fully compatible. The search for microfoundations he promoted did not aim at reconsidering the autonomy of Macro. It was instead subject to the condition of being connected and oriented towards the needs of large-scale models. The best illustration was Malinvaud's own contributions to the non-Walrasian approach throughout the 1970s and 1980s, by which he intended to rationalize and improve the practice of French large-scale modeling.

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  • Matthieu Renault, 2020. "Theory to the Rescue of Large-scale Models: Edmond Malinvaud's Alternative View on the Search for Microfoundations," GREDEG Working Papers 2020-27, Groupe de REcherche en Droit, Economie, Gestion (GREDEG CNRS), Université Côte d'Azur, France, revised Apr 2021.
  • Handle: RePEc:gre:wpaper:2020-27
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    History of Macroeconomics; Microfoundations; Disequilibrium Theory; Large-scale Models; Edmond Malinvaud; Lawrence Klein; New Classical Economics;
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