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Minsky's Analysis, the European Single Currency, and the Global Financial System


  • Malcolm Sawyer

    (The Jerome Levy Economics Institute)


The paper begins by a brief review of the main ideas associated with Hyman Minsky and their implications for economic policy and the achievement of full employment. There is a focus on the financial instability hypothesis, the role of the central bank as lender of last resort and the requirements for regulation of the financial system. The implications of these ideas for economic policy are then explored at the level of the European Union and the global economy. It is argued that the Minsky analysis would suggest that at the level of the nation state, the general drift of economic policy and changes in institutional arrangements have made the prospects for full employment bleak. For the European Union, the institutions which are emerging in the context of EMU and the euro are considered in terms of their impacts on the level of economic activity. At the global economy level, the paper considers the need for international institutions to regulate the global financial system.

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  • Malcolm Sawyer, 1999. "Minsky's Analysis, the European Single Currency, and the Global Financial System," Macroeconomics 9904003, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:9904003 Note: Type of Document - Acrobat PDF; prepared on IBM PC; to print on PostScript; pages: 20; figures: included

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    1. Hyman P. Minsky & Charles J. Whalen, 1996. "Economic Insecurity and the Institutional Prerequisites for Successful Capitalism," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_165, Levy Economics Institute.
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    1. Marc Lavoie, 2015. "The Eurozone: Similitudes and differences with Keynes's Plan," IMK Working Paper 145-2015, IMK at the Hans Boeckler Foundation, Macroeconomic Policy Institute.

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