Most Economists Fall Back Into Neoclassical Stupor ... "If They Don't Know Anything, Then Why Should We Listen To Them?" → Washingtons Blog
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Most Economists Fall Back Into Neoclassical Stupor ... "If They Don't Know Anything, Then Why Should We Listen To Them?"


When the economic crisis hit in 2008, economists started to admit that neoclassical economics was wrong.

Specifically, they started to admit that the assumption that the economy is inherently stable is false, and that their models were faulty and needed to be adjusted. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

But now that - on the surface (here's what you may see if you scratch below the surface) - things seem to be improving, most economists are falling back in their neoclassical stupor.

For example, two PhD economists - Steve Keen and Dean Baker - recently attended the annual meeting of the American Economics Association. They are both exasperated that most economists have not learned anything at all from the crisis.

Keen reported on his surreal experience on the Max Keiser show, stressing that most economists still use defective models and believe the fairy tale of the inherent stability of the economy:


And Baker writes:

The American Economics Association held its annual meeting in Denver last weekend. Most attendees appeared to be in a very forgiving mood. While the economists in Denver recognised the severity of the economic slump hitting the United States and much of the world, there were few who seemed to view this as a serious failure of the economics profession.

The fact that the overwhelming majority of economists in policy positions failed to see the signs of this disaster coming, and supported the policies that brought it on, did not seem to be a major concern for most of the economists at the convention. Instead, they seemed more intent on finding ways in which they could get ordinary workers to accept lower pay and reduced public benefits in the years ahead. This would lead to better outcomes in their models.

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The willingness of economists to so quickly embrace this darker future is striking. After all, one of the reasons that we have economists is, ostensibly, so that we don't get such unpleasant news about a "new normal". This is like a football team calmly accepting the sports writers' prediction that they would have a winless season, and deciding that their new goal was to minimise the margin of defeat.

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If economists did their job, they would be pushing policies to get the economy quickly back to full employment. Instead, they just repeat lines about how "we" will just have to accept some rough times. Unfortunately, no one ever asks the economists who preach austerity how much time they expect to spend in the unemployment lines.

If they don't know anything, then why should we listen to them?

9 comments:

  1. "believe the fairy tell "
    Fairy t-a-l-e.

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  2. Of course they're all idiots, where's the news ? But if people want a real solution to the financial crisis...

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_eeYt1gOHtiQ/TQL5PCxxzFI/AAAAAAAAASM/NSYKYbDqeQs/s1600/v131+Boy-clown+super-genius.jpg

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  3. In the contemporary world winning a War is knowing how to end it.

    Even better not to start one.

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  4. In the contemporary world winning a War is knowing how to end it. There are neither victor or the vanquished.
    Victory in War means not to start one.

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  5. Instead, they seemed more intent on finding ways in which they could get ordinary workers to accept lower pay and reduced public benefits in the years ahead. This would lead to better outcomes in their models.


    Yep, must be true believers of the dead but not forgotten uncle milton freidman and with his long lost crazy son ben running the show, well we're doomed. That's the little people that is not the master on the world.

    Even better not to start one.

    This would be the right move but I don't see it happening any time soon I'm afraid.

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  6. Alot of people think we are doomed, but there are still great ways to make money. Even while the economy is collapsing around us.

    I subscribe to the guy from australia and his FFT economic newsletter at http://www.forecastfortomorrow.com that guy has called many big events before they have happend, including the stock market crash in 2008 and the current financial collapse of the US. (currently happening) I found him from a friend last year, and he has some important work.

    His oil calls are insane, and I have been making good money with them. He is well worth a look, if you want to keep two steps ahead of the sheeple out there.

    I am worried about my financial future. Is anyone else nervous out there?

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  7. The guy in the video is a loon. He is accurate that the financial system is broken. However, he doesn't know what he is talking about with regard to derivatives or credit. The banks AREN'T lending - that is the problem. They are plowing their cheap money back into Treasury bills, bonds and notes. It is a circular clusterfuck - pardon the vulgarity!

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  8. I doubt that the West is short of Good Economists.The reason,for the Economic decline of the West, is DELIBERATE,by the Globalists,who seem to have transferred the National Wealth/s of many Western Nations to Private hands.Recall,Rockefeller caused the de-industrialization of the USA,in the 60s of the last Century.It is difficult without Manufacturing.
    Derivatives are definitely used by the Globalists to manipulate the prices of almost all the Commodities,and absence of regulation and the HUGE leverage make them very dangerous.High time they were BANNED.

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  9. There is nothing wrong with Economics.It is the absence of the good old,Honesty.

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