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Oskar Lange and the influence of Walrasian theory during the Keynesian revolution

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  • Goulven Rubin

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My paper examines how Lange integrated the Walrasian and the Keynesian ingredients in his research. I argue that his works proposed two kinds of macroeconomics. The first kind was IS-LM, but IS-LM interpreted as an aggregate version of Walras' general equilibrium model (Lange, 1938). The second kind was developed in Lange's 1944 book. There, macroeconomic became a subfield of stability analysis. The paper highlights Hicks' (1939) decisive influence on Lange. It shows that Value and Capital revealed to Lange how he could use the Walrasian framework to unveil the inherent instability of the capitalist system. This part of the paper help us assess Lange's achievements and his influence on the generation of Modigliani, Solow and Patinkin.

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  • Goulven Rubin, 2011. "Oskar Lange and the influence of Walrasian theory during the Keynesian revolution," Working Papers halshs-00817758, HAL.
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    6. De Vroey, Michel, 1999. "The Marshallian Market and the Walrasian Economy. Two Incompatible Bedfellows," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 46(3), pages 319-338, August.
    7. Goulven Rubin, 2005. "Patinkin and the Pigou effect: or how a Keynesian came to accept an anti-Keynesian argument," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1), pages 47-72.
    8. Goulven Rubin, 2012. "Don Patinkin's PhD Dissertation as the Prehistory of Disequilibrium Theories," History of Political Economy, Duke University Press, vol. 44(2), pages 235-276, Summer.
    9. O. Lange, 1935. "Marxian Economics and Modern Economic Theory," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 2(3), pages 189-201.
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    1. Romain Plassard, 2017. "Disequilibrium as the origin, originality, and challenges of Clower's microfoundations of monetary theory," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(6), pages 1388-1415, November.
    2. Goulven Rubin, 2014. "Oskar Lange or how IS-LM came to be interpreted as a Walrasian model," Working Papers halshs-01018658, HAL.

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