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Not Going Away? Microfoundations in the Making of a New Consensus in Macroeconomics

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Macroeconomics, or the science of fluctuations in aggregate activity, has always been portrayed as a field composed of competing schools of thought and in a somewhat recurrent state of disarray. Nowadays, macroeconomists are proud to announce that a new synthesis characterizes their field: no longer are there fights and disarray, but rather convergence and progress. I want to discuss how modern macroeconomists see the emergence of such a consensus and, therefore, how they see the history of their sub-discipline. In particular, I stress the role played in the making of such a consensus by a particular understanding of the microfoundations that macroeconomics needs.

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  • Pedro Garcia Duarte, 2011. "Not Going Away? Microfoundations in the Making of a New Consensus in Macroeconomics," Working Papers, Department of Economics 2011_02, University of São Paulo (FEA-USP).
  • Handle: RePEc:spa:wpaper:2011wpecon02 Note: Published in the book "Microfoundations Reconsidered: the relationship of micro and macroeconomics in historical perspective", edited by Pedro Garcia Duarte and Gilberto Tadeu Lima (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2012, ch. 6, pp. 190-237)
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    new neoclassical synthesis; microfoundations; DSGE models; consensus;

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    • B22 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - Macroeconomics
    • B20 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - History of Economic Thought since 1925 - - - General
    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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