The Evolution of Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, Hardback Book

The Evolution of Macroeconomic Theory and Policy Hardback

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Ifanyonehadadoubtregardingtheimportanceofmacroeconomics,the?nancial andeconomiccrisisof2007-2009shouldhaverelievedhim/herofit.Furthermore, at times the unfolding drama and its historical background was an education in macroeconomicsinitself.Itseemedeveryonewasanxioustolearnaboutthecauses of the crisis, its turns and twists, and the possible remedies and their effecti- ness.Thisisbe?ttingsincemacroeconomics asweknowitnowwastheproduct ofanothereconomiccrisis.

OnThursday, October 24, 1929 (known asBlack Thursday), thestockmarket crashed.Withinayear,thenumberofjoblessworkersclimbedtomorethanfour millionandhungryprotesterstooktothestreetsofNewYork.ThusbegantheGreat Depression, which in the course of the decades to come changed the economies ofindustrialcountries,fundamentallytransformedourvisionoftheeconomyand economicpolicy,andbroughtintoprominenceabranchofeconomicsthatin1933 RagnarFrisch christenedmacroeconomics.

Overthenext80yearstheinteractionofeconomicevents,economictheory,and economicpolicyresultedinabodyofknowledgethatisanintegralpartofpolitical andeconomicdiscourseandindeedofeverydaylifeintheUnitedStatesandaround theworld.Economists,businessleaders,policymakers,andallconcernedcitizens needtobefamiliarwithmacroeconomics. Macroeconomics is best understood in a historical context.

The book offers an introduction to macroeconomic theory and policy as they relate to events and developments of thepast 80years.

The United States economy and its?scal and monetarypoliciesarethemainconcerns,butbecausetheUnitedStateseconomy andworldeconomiesareintertwined,thestoriesoftheirinteractionswillalsobe recounted.

Let me emphasize that the book is neither an economic history of the United States nor a history of economic thought.

The purpose of this book is to teach macroeconomicsinthecontextofactualeventsandwithemphasisontherelati- shipsbetweenmacroeconomictheoryandpolicy.

Students of economics, professional economists, and the interested public are the target audience.

The book can be used as the main text or a supplement in advancedundergraduateandbeginninggraduatecoursesinmacroeconomics.P- fessionaleconomistsmay?nditausefulreference.Thebookisnotintendedfor vii viii Contents readerswithnobackgroundineconomics.Butanyonewhoisreadytoexpendthe effortandisnotputoffbyoccasionalequationscouldbene?tfromreadingit. IwouldliketothankSpringer-VerlageditorsBarbaraFessandChristianeBeisel for their help, support, and understanding during the writing of this book.

I also wouldliketothankAnnaDittrichofSpringer-VerlagandSaranyaBaskarandher colleagues at Integra for their excellent work in producing the book.

Colleagues, friends, and students helped with their comments and questions.

In particular I would like to thank Neil Alper, Oscar Brookins, William Dickens, Tess Forsell, AmaritaNattwhoreadallorlargepartsofthebookandmadeextensivesuggestions andcorrections.MythanksalsogoestoAndrewSumandMariaLuengo-Pradowho madeusefulcomments.StudentsinmygraduatemacroeconomicsclassYuanGao (Highfar),EmilyHalle,YelenaKuznetsov,AliciaParillo,andBrianSiebendetected errorsandmadesuggestionsforimprovement.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 269 pages, 12 Tables, black and white; XIII, 269 p.
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
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  • Category: Economic theory & philosophy
  • ISBN: 9783540770077

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