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Joseph Schumpeter and Modern Nonlinear Dynamics


  • William Barnett

    (University of Kansas)

  • Morgan Rose

    (Washington University)


This paper explores the conceptual links between Joseph Schumpeter’s theory of instability under capitalism and both theoretical and empirical research that has been done over the past fifteen years in nonlinear dynamics. Recent work related to chaos and bifurcation theory is shown to be consistent with Schumpeter’s view that instability is an inherent feature of capitalism, and that there is a positive, though difficult, role for stabilization policy as a result. The strong claim that modern research has proven Schumpeter correct is not made, but rather that existing recent research is not inconsistent with his views.

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  • William Barnett & Morgan Rose, 2005. "Joseph Schumpeter and Modern Nonlinear Dynamics," Method and Hist of Econ Thought 0504001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmh:0504001
    Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 19. Prepared for Vittorangelo Orati and Shri Dahiya (eds.), Economic Theory in the Light of Schumpeter’s Scientific Heritage: Essays in Memory of Schumpeter on his 50th Death Anniversary, Spellbound Publications, Rohtak, 2001, pp. 187-196.

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    1. Teresa Czerwinska, 2015. "Recovery and Resolution – New Mechanisms for Systemic Risk Management in the Insurance Sector (Restrukturyzacja i uporzadkowana likwidacja – jako nowe instrumenty zarzadzania ryzykiem systemowym w sek," Problemy Zarzadzania, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management, vol. 13(55), pages 220-236.

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    Schumpeter; Austrian Economics; unstable dynamics; nonlinear dynamics;

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    • D5 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium

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