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Will the West repeat Versailles ?

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  • Thomas Cool

Asia and the Eastern European nations are in a state of economic turmoil. An important element for improvement is that Western nations open their markets to more trade. This is in fact what the West could have done after the fall of the Berlin Wall. But petty shortsightedness of the governing elites in the West blocks this kind of solution. The situation reminds one of the Versailles peace conference after World War I that fostered a lot of resentment and helped cause World War II. The basis conclusion is that sound economic advice is not listened to. The best advice on how to steer out of the current world macro-economic mess is that every parliament installs a committee to enquire into the process of economic advice. They could study the books by Paul Krugman, and possibly also my analysis on unemployment and my suggestion for an Economic Supreme Court.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series General Economics and Teaching with number 9808002.

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Length: 3 pages
Date of creation: 30 Aug 1998
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpgt:9808002
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