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The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (original 1936; edition 2008)

by John Maynard Keynes

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The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes (1936)

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Makes a good point, but any number of textbook chapters or published papers now make the same point much more clearly and concisely (in, like a paragraph to convey the basic idea, and a couple of pages to lay out a formal model). The basic point, as I see it, being: A capitalist economy can have multiple equilibria, including Pareto-rankable ones; nothing prevents us from going to a Pareto-suboptimal (which pretty much always means, low-output) equilibrium. For a paper which makes this point much more briefly, and in a much more soundly-argued way, see Diamond's "Aggregate Demand Management in Search Equilibrium," JPE 1982. ( )
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A critically-important volume, to be sure, but difficult to read. ( )
  Jacob.Malcom | Dec 21, 2006 |
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Like many economic classics, the General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, published in early 1936, is an ill-organized, repetitious, and quarrelsome book. Save for occasional bravura passages on Egyptian pyramids, medieval masses for the dead, and the behavior of stock market speculators, the graceful English stylist of the Economic Consequences of the Peace and the Essays in Biography is little in evidence.
 
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Keynes profoundly influenced the New Deal and created the basis for classic economic theory. “I can think of no single book that has so changed the conception held by economists as to the working of the capitalist system” (Robert L. Heilbroner). Index.

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This noted text on economic theory was first published in 1936 and is reprinted in this edition.

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