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The Consequences of Keynes

Peter Boettke, Patrick Newman


This article discusses the consequences of John Maynard Keynes for the science of political economy: the fields of economics, economic policy, and politics. It argues that the consequences of Keynes in all three fields were negative and resulted in a significant retrogression. For economics, a macroeconomic theory of an unstable capitalist economy supplanted the theory of the market process that concentrated on the individual actions of entrepreneurs and their effects on relative prices and production. For economic policy, activist tinkering on behalf of policy advisors replaced the theory of limited and hands-off governments. For politics, unrestricted politicians and continual deficits and inflation replaced restrained politicians who adhered to balanced budgets and sound money.

Peter Boettke and Patrick Newman, "The Consequences of Keynes," Journal of Markets & Morality 20, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 155-164

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