The end of economics as we know it
- 26 June 2012
Guest post by Ian Fraser
I don't know if it is just me, but I am increasingly detecting parallels between the Laputans so amusingly portrayed in Swift's 1726 satire and today's neo-classical economists. It's not just that their island floats in the sky at varying heights above the real world but also because they are so obsessed with beautiful equations, relating to theoretical maths, science, music, and technology that they are incapable of putting their wonderful knowledge to any practical use.
These economists have played a key part in shaping our macroeconomic policy and, to a large extent, guided the trajectory of global finance for the best part of three decades.
There is now a growing clamour of dissent from a group of ‘new economists' who are calling time on neoclassical economics and shaking it right down to its Laputan foundations.
This series is written for those who would like an introduction to the key players in this bid to define a new economic paradigm that takes more of the real world into account.
- The UK economy combines both house price inflation and goods price disinflationary pressure
- With the strong UK employment market is it time for Forward Guidance mark three?
- Why is Janet Yellen talking the US Dollar down?
- Are the oil majors having to come to terms with the dawning of solar power and what should investors do?
- Challenger banks Shawbrook and Close Brothers launch market leading fixed-rate bonds
- Are you an Expat with investment property in the UK? - You could be liable for UK Capital Gains Tax
- Where to find an inflation beating savings account
- Budget pension revolution: Just 5% of pension investors planning to blow all the money and rely on state pension
- The Bank of England finds that its own Quantitative Easing worked superbly!
- Cost of living eases as inflation drops to 1.6% in March - its lowest level since October 2009