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Hayek´s Accelerationism: A Rectification


  • Ludwig van den Hauwe


The analogy between Hayekian monetary dynamics and the Friedman/Phelps accelerationist hypothesis is more problematic than some commentators have been prepared to admit. Hayek´s presentation of the 1930s did not produce a convincing argument in defense of the proposition that accelerating inflation was the inevitable logical consequence of permitting a process of forced saving to continue. On the other hand the Austrian emphasis on the unsustainability of a policy-induced boom, which is logically implied by the model, remains quite appropriate.

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  • Ludwig van den Hauwe, 2005. "Hayek´s Accelerationism: A Rectification," Macroeconomics 0508012, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 26 Dec 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0508012
    Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 6. A version of this paper was published in: Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter, 2-3/2001, pages 311-316.

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    inflation; accelerating inflation; monetary dynamics; business cycle theory; Hayek;

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    • E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics


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