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Lars P. Syll — On the non-neutrality of money

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One of Keynes’s central tenets — in clear contradistinction to the beliefs of mainstream economists — is that there is no strong automatic tendency for economies to move toward full employment levels in monetary economies. Money doesn’t matter in mainstream macroeconomic models. That’s true. But in the real world in which we happen to live, money does certainly matter. Money is not neutral and money matters in both the short run and the long run.... "New Keynesianism" isn't Keynesian. It is bastard Keynesianism if it is Keynesian at all. Paul Krugman self-identifies as "neoclassical," in accepting neutrality of money, banks as only intermediaries, equilibrium, and rational maximization. So do many if not most other Democratic Party economics heavyweights and advisors. Time for them to

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One of Keynes’s central tenets — in clear contradistinction to the beliefs of mainstream economists — is that there is no strong automatic tendency for economies to move toward full employment levels in monetary economies.
Money doesn’t matter in mainstream macroeconomic models. That’s true. But in the real world in which we happen to live, money does certainly matter. Money is not neutral and money matters in both the short run and the long run....
"New Keynesianism" isn't Keynesian. It is bastard Keynesianism if it is Keynesian at all. Paul Krugman self-identifies as "neoclassical," in accepting neutrality of money, banks as only intermediaries, equilibrium, and rational maximization. So do many if not most other Democratic Party economics heavyweights and advisors. Time for them to step aside and make room for the new wave. We don't have time to wait for funerals.

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On the non-neutrality of money
Lars P. Syll | Professor, Malmo University

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Mike Norman is an economist and veteran trader whose career has spanned over 30 years on Wall Street. He is a former member and trader on the CME, NYMEX, COMEX and NYFE and he managed money for one of the largest hedge funds and ran a prop trading desk for Credit Suisse.

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