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Harry Johnson on the Phillips Curve

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  • James Forder

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It is noted that Harry G. Johnson was widely admired for his broad knowledge of economics, and particularly for the excellence and synthesizing quality of much of his writing. His discussions of the “Phillips curve” and related matters are considered. It is found that they are brief, inaccurate, and inconsistent. It is clear that, despite his reputation, they should not be treated as authoritative. It is further suggested that rather than supposing that Johnson’s knowledge and capabilities have been grossly exaggerated, it may be better to conclude that the Phillips curve was not nearly so important in the literature of the 1960s and 1970s as has been supposed.

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  • James Forder, 2016. "Harry Johnson on the Phillips Curve," Economics Series Working Papers paper 803, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxf:wpaper:paper-803
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    1. James Forder, 2016. "What was the message of Friedman’s Presidential Address to the American Economic Association?," Economics Series Working Papers 814, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Phillips curve; Harry Johnson; expectations; Phillips curve; Phillips curve myth;

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    • B22 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Macroeconomics
    • B29 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Other
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination

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