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Steve Keen (born 28 March 1953) is an Australian-born, British-based economist and author. He considers himself a post-Keynesian, criticising neoclassical economics as inconsistent, unscientific and empirically unsupported. The major influences on Keen's thinking about economics include John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx, Hyman Minsky, Piero Sraffa, Augusto Graziani, Joseph Alois Schumpeter, Thorstein Veblen, and François Quesnay.

Steve Keen’s Debt Watch

Alternative economics 2: Empirical & Logical Fallacies in Neoclassical economics

Neoclassical microeconomics is based, not on "simplifying" assumptions that omit insignificant details of reality to focus on the significant issues, but on "counter-factual" assumptions which flatly contradict what we know about significant economic issues. I cover: (1) Friedman's methodological assertion that "assumptions don't matter" was actually done to advise economists NOT to read empirical literature contradicting the idea of rising marginal cost [Minutes 1-5]; (2) The logical...

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Alternative economics 1: Credit, Islamic Finance, & Preventing Economic Crises

This is the first third of a workshop on alternatives to Neoclassical economics that I gave in Malaysia on October 15 2016, after giving the keynote speech at the Symposium on Islamic Economics & Finance Education. I cover: (1) the recent change in the attitude of mainstream economists to their own models [Minutes 0-12] (2) building macroeconomic models from macroeconomic identities [12-30] (3) Can equity-based lending prevent crises? [[30-38] (4) Some questions INCLUDING "What is a...

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Health Warning! “Realism” virus afflicting mainstream economists

Some papers that are remarkably critical of mainstream economics have been published recently, not by the usual suspects like myself, but by prominent mainstream economists: ex-Minneapolis Fed Chairman Narayana Kocherlokata, ex-IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard, and current World Bank Chief Economist Paul Romer. I discuss these papers in a tongue-in-cheek introduction to another key problems of unrealism in economics--the absence of any role for energy in both Post Keynesian and...

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The Big Idea about Private Debt

This is a talk I gave to the Northern Ireland Big Ideas Event organised by NICVA: the "Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action" (http://www.nicva.org/event/big-ideas-festival-of-economics). Unfortunately I ran out of time to finish my presentation on why a "Modern Debt Jubilee" is needed to escape from the current economic state of credit stagnation, but I covered why it is this--and not "secular stagnation" that explains the prevalence of low rates of economic growth globally.

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Inequality, Debt and Credit Stagnation

What Larry Summers calls "secular stagnation"--which blames the limp economy on slower population growth and technical change--is actually "credit stagnation" due to too high a level of private debt. I explain the logic behind credit being an essential component of aggregate demand and income; the empirical consequences--including stagnation in the "Walking Dead of Debt" countries and coming crises in the "Future Zombies" countries; and a complex systems approach to economic modeling which...

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Talk to Momentum at Bedford

Ann Pettifor and I amongst others warmed up for a talk by the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, John McDonnell. This gave me a chance to put my major theme--that economic crises are caused by private debt bubbles--directly to a potential Chancellor of the Exchequer

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