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Gold gibberish

October 27, 2013 17 comments

from Lars Syll

Eighty years ago Keynes could congratulate Great Britain on finally having got rid of the biggest ”barbarous relic” of his time – the gold standard. He lamented that

advocates of the ancient standard do not observe how remote it now is from the spirit and the requirement of the age … [T]he long age of Commodity Money has at last passed away before the age of Representative Money. Gold has ceased to be a coin, a hoard, a tangible claim to wealth … It has become a much more abstract thing – just a standard of value; and it only keeps this nominal status by being handed round from time to time in quite small quantities amongst a group of Central Banks.

gold

Ending the use of fiat money guaranteed by promises for currencies once more backed by gold is not the way out of the present economic crisis. Far from being the sole prophylactic against the alleged problems of fiat money, as the “gold bugs” maintain, a return to gold would only make things far worse. So yours truly – just as Keynes did – most certainly reject any proposals for restoring the gold standard. Read more…

Categories: Economic Thought, Keynes

Economic Thought paper review forum

November 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Papers submitted to the journal Economic Thought that meet minimum standards of professional quality are posted on the journal’s Discussion Forum in order to solicit comments and discussions.  The Forum’s home page says:

You are invited to comment on these papers.

Comments can range from short remarks to full reviews. We encourage you to be frank, but polite. As a rule, commentators should give their name. If they fear hurting their relationship with authors, they can use an alias, which has to be clearly recognizable as such. Editors will vet comments before publication to make sure appropriate and comprehensible language is used and that they are substantive comments relating to the content of the paper at hand. Standards of fairness will be particularly high if an alias is used.

Preciously there was a navigation problem (now corrected) from the WEA homepage that may have prevented you from taking part.  Below is a linked list of some papers recently posted for open review that you might wish to consider.   Read more…

Categories: Economic Thought

Uncertainty—in retrospect

August 14, 2012 7 comments

from David Ruccio

Uncertainty is all the rage right now, with a wide variety of economists and central bankers “discovering” its disturbing effects in the midst of the current crises of capitalism.

But I’ll bet it’s just a passing fad. As soon as things return to normal, uncertainty will be put back on the shelf and, once again, be tamed and domesticated.

As I’ve shown many times over the last few years, the failure of mainstream economics has prompted a rediscovery of uncertainty—not unlike during the First Great Depression when Keynes argued that investors were subject to fundamental uncertainty (as against probabilistic risk) and therefore guided not by rational calculation but by “animal spirits.”* Read more…

Major new economics journal heavily downloaded in its first 24 hours

July 20, 2012 1 comment

Yesterday the first issue of Economic Thought was published by the World Economics Association.  Already within 24 hours the journal’s number of downloads, over 3,000, was beyond the dreams of many academic journal editors.  From the contents page below you may download the whole issue, individual papers and also abstracts.Economic Thought; History, Philosophy and Methodology; An open access journal from the World Economics Association

Volume 1, Number 1 (2012)

 Table of Contents

Editorial Introduction to the First Issue of Economic Thought Download PDF
John Latsis  
Mathematical Modelling and Ideology in the Economics Academy: competing explanations of the failings of the modern discipline? Download PDF
Tony Lawson  
Economics and Research Assessment Systems Download PDF
Donald Gillies  
Richard Cantillon’s Early Monetary Views? Download PDF
Richard van den Berg  
Different Approaches to the Financial Crisis Download PDF
Sheila C Dow  
On the Limits of Rational Choice Theory Download PDF
Geoffrey M. Hodgson  
An Evolutionary Efficiency Alternative to the Notion of Pareto Efficiency Download PDF
Irene van Staveren
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