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As most socialist economists of his time, he was skeptic about the possibilities of overcoming underdevelopment under capitalism. However, in contradistinction to other pioneers of development economics, Kalecki did not stress the international forces that hamper development, but put the accent rather in the internal institutions and social and political determinants.

In particular, the feudal and semi-feudal conditions in agriculture, the reduced market ensuing from income concentration and widespread monopolization of the economy, and the lack of willingness of entrepreneurs to carry out the necessary investments. Accordingly, his economic policy recommendations emphasized also the domestic aspects involved.

State capacity to resist powerful predatory economic groups is highly dependent on the way social diversity is represented within the polity. Such state capacity is weak when a single branch of government can usurp the representation of public good between two elections.

In some democracies that I call heterarchies, coalition partners, parties in different houses of the legislature, different levels and branches of government, autonomous state agencies compel executives to take into account diverse modes of representation while making their programs and policies. Such constraints on executive authority allow the state to rise above the direct distribution of powers and interests within the economy. In the paper I use the Russian case to analyze the relationship between state weakness and the related problems of economic development.

Economic science and scientific explanation models. Economics was born under the sign of methodological vagueness. The first author who tried to solve the question John Stuart Mill asserted that it is a kind of knowledge that uses the abstract direct deductive method but also that it is an exception because for all other phenomena in the field of moral science the correct method is the inverse deductive or historical method.

On the other side, functionalist explanations that are condemned by the scientific precepts of economics are present in the science since its beginning with Adam Smith. Economics went ahead without worriment about these methodological issues but this indefiniteness has never gone off stage. Since the start of XXI century new facts are emerging.

All this stimulates to retake the question. We do this here, under a critical vision, taking the taxonomy of scientific explanations framed by modern positivism. Although rooted in a historical perspective and using historical examples, the main purpose of the paper is analytical, not descriptive. This paper aims to be a very preliminary effort to contribute to a better understanding of the interaction among innovation, competition and intellectual property policies from an evolutionary- developmental perspective.

As such, it seeks to build a more coherent framework within which the discussions of both institution building and policy design for development can proceed. Keywords: globalization; governance; competition; intellectual property; antitrust. The present paper takes a different route and attempts to an analysis of financial institutions on a par with the production sector of the economy.

In this process, new forms of intra and inter firms organization develop. Two main lines are identified, centered, respectively, in the allocation and in the creation of resources, that give distinct visions of the organization process and of the delimitation of the inter-relations among firms. This article presents a review of literature and debates on quantity equations and monetary theory.

There follows the outlines of a general critique on the concept of velocity of circulation of money and the inconsistency of the neoclassical assumptions. It ends up by concluding that quan-tity equations are not important to the development of a monetary theory. This paper first presents some basic ideas and models of a structuralist development macroeconomics that complements and actualizes the ideas of the structuralist development economics that was dominant between the s and the s. A system of three models focusing on the exchange rate the tendency to the cyclical overvaluation of the exchange rate, a critique of growth with foreign savings, and new a model of the Dutch disease shows that it is not just volatile but chronically overvalued, and for that reason it is not just a macroeconomic problem; as a long term disequilibrium, it is in the core of development economics.

Can pre-industrial countries be governed well and under democracy? Today democracy is a universal value, and, so, these countries are under pressure from the West and from its own society to be democratic, even though they do not dispose of mature enough societies in which the economic surplus is appropriated through the market. In fact, no country completed its industrial and capitalist revolution within the framework of even a minimal democracy. This double pressure represents a major obstacle to their development. This paper is a short survey of the work of Ignacy Sachs — one of the pioneers of structuralist development economics and an outstanding economist dedicated to environmental economics.

Sachs is Polish and a disciple of Michael Kalecki, but he is also a Brazilian and a French, given his strong ties with these two countries. He knows the importance of markets in the coordination of the economy, but, as a developmental economist, he attributes a key role to economic planning. Only through the deliberate action of the state it will be possible to achieve economic growth, reduction of inequalities, and protection of the environments — only through deliberate action way men and women will be able to conduct the Spaceship Earth to economic, social and environmental development and assure a decent work to all.

New developmentalism was a response to the inability of classical developmentalism and post-Keynesian macroeconomics in leading middle-income countries to resume growth. New developmentalism was born in the s to explain why Latin American countries stopped growing in the s, while East Asian countries continued to catch up.

And shows that to follow the East Asian example is not enough industrial policy, it is also necessary a macroeconomic policy that sets the five macroeconomic prices right, rejects the growth with foreign savings policy, and keeps the macroeconomic accounts balanced. This paper argues that the state and the market are the main institutions regulating capitalism, and, correspondingly, that the form of the economic and political coordination of capitalism will be either developmental or liberal.

It defines the developmental state, relates it to the formation of a developmental class coalition, and notes that capitalism was born developmental in its mercantilist phase, turned liberal in the nineteenth century, and, after , became once again developmental, but, now, democratic and progressive. In the s, a crisis opened the way for a short-lived and reactionary form of capitalism, neoliberalism or rentier-financier capitalism.

Since the Global Financial Crisis, the neoliberal hegemony has come to an end, and we are now experiencing a period of transition.

The pattern of financing investment is changing in Brazil. In February 28 of the Brazilian government decided to freeze all prices. Three crises are identified: 1 the Bank was created to finance state infrastructure projects according to the development economics relevance given to externalities, but since the neoliberal wave dominated Washington, its mission lost clarity; 2 the Bank, that is supposed to finance development, stooped to have a positive cash flow with many developing countries; and 3 the Bank is assumed to support growth of the developing countries, but in the debt crisis it clearly aligned with its major shareholders.

Yet, the Bank keeps a major role in the world, as it is increasingly turning into a service institution counts with highly competent economists, as it supports much needed market oriented reforms, and as it promotes investments in human capital. Globalization and nation-states are not in contradiction, since globalization is the present stage of capitalist development, and the nation-state is the territorial political unit that organizes the space and population in the capitalist system. Since the s, Global Capitalism constitutes the economic system characterized by the opening of all national markets and a fierce competition between nation-states.

Developing countries tend to catch up, while rich countries try to neutralize such competitive effort, using globalism as an ideology, and conventional orthodoxy as a strategy. Middle-income countries that are catching up in the realm of globalization are the ones that count with a national development strategy. This is broadly the case of the dynamic Asian countries. In contrast, Latin American countries have no longer their own strategy, and grow less. To add data to the argument, the author conducts an econometric test comparing these two groups of countries, and three variables: the rate of investment, the current account deficit or surplus that would indicate or not a competitive exchange rate, and public deficit.

National Strategy and Development. After a review of the concept of economic growth as a historical process beginning with the capitalist revolution and the formation of the modern national states, the author claims that growth is almost invariably the outcome of a national development strategy. Effective economic development occurs historically when the different social classes are able to cooperate and formulate an effective strategy to promote growth and face international competition. It follows a discussion of the main characteristics and of the basic tensions that such strategies face in the central countries which first developed, and in the underdeveloped countries, which, besides their domestic problems, confront major challenges in their relations with the rich countries.

Third, it lists the quasi-consensus or overlapping consensus that today exists on economic development. Reflecting on new developmentalism and classical developmentalism. This paper, first, distinguishes new developmentalism, a new theoretical system that is being created, from really existing developmentalism — a form of organizing capitalism. Second, it distinguishes new developmentalism from its antecedents, Development Economics or classical developmentalism and Keynesian Macroeconomics.

Third, it discusses the false opposition that some economists have adopted between new developmentalism and social-developmentalism, which the author understands as a form of really existing developmentalism; as theory, it is just a version of classical developmentalism with a bias toward immediate consumption. Finally, it makes a summary of new developmentalism — of its main political economy, economic theory and economic policy claims.

Besides analyzing capitalist societies historically and thinking of them in terms of phases or stages, we may compare different models or varieties of capitalism. In this paper I survey the literature on this subject, and distinguish the classification that has a production or business approach from those that use a mainly political criterion. I identify five forms of capitalism: among the rich countries, the liberal democratic or Anglo-Saxon model, the social or European model, and the endogenous social integration or Japanese model; among developing countries, I distinguish the Asian developmental model from the liberal-dependent model that characterizes most other developing countries, including Brazil.

A new Keynesian-struturalist school of thought is emerging in Brazil. It is formed by a Structuralist Development Macroeconomics that offers scientific explanation to New Developmentalism — a national development strategy. In this intervention the author delineates its main theoretical claims and policies. It is personal account of a collective work involving Keynesian, institutionalist and structuralist economists in Brazil. It is structuralist because it defines economic development as a structural change from low to high value added per capita industries and because it is based on two structural tendencies that limit investment opportunities: the tendency of wages to grow below productivity and the tendency to the cyclical overvaluation of the exchange rate.

Structuralist development macroeconomics. This paper presents some basic ideas and models of a structuralist development macroeconomics the tendencies to the overvaluation of the exchange rate and the tendency of wages to grow below productivity, the critique of growth with foreign savings, and a new model of the Dutch disease that complement and actualize the thought of the Latin-American structuralist school that developed around ECLAC from the late s to the s.

On the other hand, it suggests that a new national development strategy based on the experience of fast growing Asian countries is emerging; and argues that only the countries that adopt such strategy based on growth with domestic savings, fiscal and foreign trade responsibility and a competitive exchange rate will be able to catch up.

Liberalization turned out to be not enough to ensure the provision of financial services to the poor, especially small and micro businesses. Special institutions such as Grameen Bank in Bangla Desh experimented successfully with credit technologies and governance structures which showed the viability of institutions that are at the same time commercially sustainable and target-group oriented.

Recent strategies center on upgrading rotating funds of NGOs, downscaling commercial and development banks and starting from scratch with specialized institutions. By reason of its waterfalls, it allows the construction of barrages, which will be used for energy production and for the development of irrigated agriculture as well.

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The government policy, which has provoked the use of funds and utilization of moderns techniques which have not contri-buted for better living conditions for the local population, is also analyzed. Thus, there is a modernization without social-economic development, in view of the model utilized by State intervention. East Asian countries have been successful at specialising in machinery and capital goods. Latin American countries, on the other hand, have retreated from these sectors, reinforcing their specialisation in resource-intensive goods.

Institutional arrangements in place in both regions explain these divergences. In particular, the differences in the strategy and structure of leading firms, the nature of industrial promotion by the government, the development and support of small and medium-sized firms and the operation of foreign-owned firms may explain the respective success and failure in sectoral specialisation in machinery. Failure to develop these sectors may hinder the process of economic development. This paper is an attempt to analyze land ownership patterns in Brazil and their relation to economic variables such as production, productivity, land use and profitability.

Some conclusions and derived with respect to the implementation of the land reform program and its effects on the economic aspects of the Brazilian agricultural sector. The main conclusions are: a from an economic point of view land should be treated equal terms with any other factor of production; b there is no evidence as to land being extensively used with speculative purposes; c no significant change has been occurring in regard to the heavily concentrated land ownership pattern observed in Brazil; d no significant differences were observed among different size-group of farms with respect to economic efficiency partial productivity differences are explained by differences in factor availability and reflect proper resource allocation behavior by farmers ; e land-reform in Brazil, such as proposed by the government, is not the correct policy to promote agricultural growth and development.

The objective of this paper is to define social capital as social infrastructure and to try to include this variable in an economic growth model. Considering social capital in such a way could have an impact on the productivity of production factors. Firstly, I will discuss how institutional variables can affect growth. Secondly, after analyzing several definitions of social capital, I will point out the benefits and problems of each one and will define social capital as social infrastructure, aiming to introduce this variable into an economic growth model.

Finally, I will try to open the way for subsequent empirical studies, both in the area of measuring the stock of social infrastructure as well as those comparing economies, with the idea of showing the impact of social infrastructure on economic growth. The paper investigates a neglected aspect of regional inequality in Brazil, namely regional inequalities related to financial flows. The inequality measure attempts to capture to what extent deposits in a given state translate into credit operations in that locality.

Two main results emerge. First, non-negligible inequality patterns emerge when one considers the segment of private banks and those are consistent with an important proportion of states with a predominantly exporting pattern, for which deposits surpasses loans in that locality. Second, if one focus on the segment of public banks, an opposite pattern appears,that is consistent with decision patterns that might have, in part, a regional development motivation. Growth and industrialization in Brazil. In this paper, based on the writings of Kaldor and his followers, we compare two phases of Brazilian economic growth, one showing fast growth rate and other with lack of growth.

Our aim is to analyze the Brazilian economic behavior in the last 40 years, pointing out economic policy intervention, structural change, foreign trade and capital flows as determinants to account for gross product development path performance. Our aim is to shed some light on which is the potential rate of growth of the Brazilian economy nowadays, considering its historical growth path and recent structural changes in the industrial sector.

Gudin recognized Karl Marx as the biggest enemy of capitalism. He attributed to the thinker the creation of the concept of capitalism with historical connotations. Radically denying this content and balancing the conception of the natural and eternal character of this system, he focused on capitalism as a production system which connects itself harmonically with democracy. He worked with the pair of concepts: economy market and democracy as an antithesis of planning and totalitarism, structuring the discourse that stress the abstract general plan, disregarding a concrete-historical analysis for each specific case.

Consenquentely, every aspect that does not fit that pair is considered undemocractic and interventionist, as an equivalent denial of the human ideal, sometimes that should be avoided, or even destroyed. The developmentalism debate. This article examines developmentalism, explaining why certain post-Keynesian propositions should be accepted from a Marxist perspective, and what should be modified within the former approach in order to fulfill a transformative role in society.

It also critically contrasts the Marxian and post-Keynesian views of the roles of the state and the market, in order to justify policy alternatives to transform capitalist societies.

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The Growth Eras or Ages were for Robinson a way to provide logical connections between output growth, capital accumulation, the degree of thriftiness, the real wage and illustrate a catalogue of growth possibilities. Latin America has moved from a Golden Age in the s and s, to a Leaden Age in the s, having two traverse periods, one in which the process of growth and industrialization accelerated in the late s and early s, which is here referred to as a Galloping Platinum Age, and one in which a process of deindustrialization, and reprimarization and maquilization of the productive structure took place, starting in the s, which could be referred to as a Creeping Platinum Age.

Cantillon and Sismondi on population, rent and subsistence. We assume that the XVIII and XIX century controversies on population and economic development provide a good framework for a reappraisal of economics in general, including value and distribution. In our perspective, both Cantillon and Sismondi cannot be put under the umbrella of the Ricardian or Sraffian approach to wage and distribution. State intervention in the economy and governmental public policies are usually regarded in peripherical economies as one of the main factors in thc development process. According to most historians, the period of the Estado Novo had a great importance in the recent evolution of the Brazilian economy, representing a turning point from the primary-export system to the present one, based on the industrial sector and the internal market.

The article intends to test these hypotheses in quan-titative and qualitative terms, by comparing the evolution of Brazilian public finance between and with the previous and the ulterior eight year periods from to , and from to This is accomplished by a new measure that simultaneously take into account indices of poverty, income distribution and human development. Empirical results show that the extension suggested is important and more appropriate for policy purposes. The purpose of the paper is to show that endogenous growth theory is at best insufficient to explain Brazilian economic underdevelopment.

The main reason for this is that this theory gives a major importance to the role of human capital in the process of economic growth which is not justifiable in the Brazilian case.

Instead of this, the main problem of the Brazilian economy seems to be the incapacity of its modern sector to absorb the majority of the population. This can not be done only through human capital increase; it requires in first place a major physical investment program in order to enlarge the size of the modern sector nowadays opened only to a minority of the population which is insufficient to allow Brazilian economy recovery. This paper presents a measurement of the portion of the Brazilian ground-rent appropriated by agrarian landowners during and assesses its importance relative to other forms of surplus value appropriated in the Brazilian economy.

In pursuing this task, the paper also puts forward original estimations of several time-series that are crucial for the study of Brazilian long-term growth and development. Finally, the paper combines the measurements obtained here with those advanced in Grinberg ; b to present an approximation to the evolution of the total Brazilian ground-rent during The appendix presents the sources and methodology used for the estimations. The process of globalization, the emergence of new technological paradigms, the increasing introduction of market mechanisms in the economies and the formation of regional trade blocs, have brought about deep productive restructuring amongst the various sectors of human activity.

These changes are forcing the policy makers to envisage new ways of intervention in the regions, in all countries, so that they can face the new challenges that regional development is posing in the present days. This work attempts to present the major aspects of a new world scenery, characterized by the introduction of processes of productive flexibilization and the creation of new industrial spaces and makes a case study of restructuring in the shoe industry in Brazil.

The survival of small companies in the capitalist development. The role of small companies in capitalist development has raised, throughout the years, the analytical curiosity of economists and other social scientists. In spite of the enormous disadvantages that they possess in competing with big capital, there are innumerable reasons for their survival. The empirical evidence is clear in attesting the importance of small companies in terms of GDP share and job creation and, at the same time, their difficulties for surviving.

This paper presents a theoretical revision, departing from Marx, Marshall, Steindl and Schumpeter up to some contemporary authors, concerning the role of the small companies in capitalist development, emphasizing the reasons and the difficulties for its survival. From populism to exchange rate bands: the evolution of exchange rate policy in Chile from to We discuss in this paper the evolution of exchange rate policy in Chile since the seventies, with special attention to overvaluation and undervaluation cycles. Following a recent literature that argues in favor of competitive currencies as part of a development strategy, we argue that the Chilean exchange rate policy in the years that go from until were very important to its growth results.

Chile even managed to go through the nineties without a major external crisis, especially when compared to its Latin American neighbors. We argue here that the exchange rate crawling band adopted in the middle eighties and nineties was important for its growth strategy. This article uses Endogenous Growth Theory framework to examine long term prospects of Brazilian economy. We study the behavior of those variables identified by theory as central for development. There are still too many market restrictions and others barriers to trade and technology adoption.

Infrastructure services and investments are deficient and the tax system too concentrated and distorcive. Hence, while these factors persist, it is not likely that the country will grow at sustainable rates comparable to those experienced two decades ago. However, privatization of infrastructure sectors may spur a temporary boom as investment increases to satisfy repressed demand. The Second Vargas Administration in Brazil is commonly associated with the phenomenon of populism. However, based on the models of economic populism, it is clear that the economic policy of the period is not the one shown by those models.

Besides, based on this historic experience, it is advocated that there is no incompatibility between developmentalism and the adoption of macroeconomic stability-oriented measures. The State and its reasons: the 2nd PND. This paper intends to contribute to the debate on the reasons why the Geisel administration chose — as it faced an adverse conjuncture — an accelerated growth agenda which was materialized in the 2nd PND National Development Plan.

In order to do so, it resorts to a methodological definition which is based upon an institutionalist approach and favors the interaction between the political and the economic variables. This is true but trite, trivial and tautological. The author suggests that there are three types of policies to be addressed: the first is related to the quest for macroeconomic stability; the second to much-needed microeconomic reforms; the third is the missing link in the Washington Consensus and has to do with the resumption of growth and investment with technological change in an increasingly competitive world economy.

We seek to illustrate our analysis by reference to the policy statements of the new Labour government in the UK.


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The rise in wages inequalities, whatever may be the level of development reached, is linked to the modernization of countries, a modernization percieved as a constraint in an ever more globalised world. This tendency is sometimes thwarted by sustained education policies and by restrictive government policies aiming at raising low wages. But as a tendency, it is stronger when countries increase their opening rate and modify the exports structures toward ever more sophisticated products. One can however see how much it is artificial to separate technology from exports in order to measure their respective weight on the rise of inequalities.

The concluding section summarizes the main points of the paper. This paper presents an alternative view of agricultural commercialization iii the capitalist development process in Brazil, in contrast with the functionalist approach derived from neoclassical economic theory. Agricultural commercialization is a capital circulation activity whose form depends on the social organization of agricultural production and the development of capital concentration, both determined by the modernization process of the Brazilian economy.

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the determinants of food security and its linkages with economic development in Latin America, with emphasis on the case of Brazil. Hirschman and the desecration of epic development by a developmentalist. Some concepts and references gain importance in this effort such as possibilism, hidden rationalities, unbalanced growth, social conflicts, unintended consequences and open solutions.

Latin American countries are the main empirical reference, with specific concerns on the food question involved in development processes. Globalization and monetary inconvertibility. The central hypothesis of this article is that in the context of globalization, monetary inconvertibility is a crucial problem of peripheral countries. Despite of supporting the first one, the article goes further and explores the domestic implication of inconvertibility. It criticizes the jurisdicional uncertainty proposition showing that an inherent flaw in the store of value of emerging market currencies, derived from original sin is the main reason for de facto inconvertibility and underdevelopment of domestic financial system of these countries.

This paper discusses the uniqueness and the stability of the proposed model for the European Monetary Union - EMU, pointing out some of the difficulties faced in its implementation and the chances of surpassing them. Certainly, many of them constituted permanent achievements for development strategies in democracy. However, economic growth between and was mediocre averaging only 2. This was related to the fact that the reforms suffered from various flaws that had severe repercussions on the growth of potential GDP and on social welfare.

It focused on decreasing macroeconomic vulnerability when faced with an increasingly volatile external environment and on completing underdeveloped domestic markets. A recessive gap in , however, highlighted failures, increasing contradictions and the lack of greater reforms to the reforms.

His main idea concerning the existence of only two preconditions for modernization, namely the presence of a reasonably efficient government which should be freee from corruption and a developed agriculture, is subject to criticism.

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It is pointed out that other factors such as the stage of cultural and educational development attained by the society in question as well as the income level, the presence of markets for manufactured goods and the existence of an adequate infrastructurem are equally important. A master in the periphery of capitalism. It also attempts to show that only in a non-time related perspective, the Keynesian solution would be able to attenuate the contradictions inherent to capitalism and to resolve the problems from its crisis.

The Bretton Woods Agreement reflected the United States hegemony in the postwar period and the dollar was linked to the commodity that has historically represented international money — gold. Nevertheless, the other developed countries could not allow currency convertibility until and in the dollar crisis was already evident.

The most significant aspect of the dollar crisis was certainly the development of the euromoney market. Addressing rural development discussions in Brazil: context and issues of debate. The work analyzes the main theoretical trends and subjects that integrate the recent Brazilian debate about rural development. We agued that the agenda of the rural development in Brazil, on which actively participate scholars, organizations and institutions, have been formulated by the State and the public politics implemented since the beginning of the Among the factors that had influenced the emergency of the debate about rural development is distinguished the increasing social and political legitimating of family farming and the agrarian reform, the reorientation of the state policies, the increasing sharply political and ideological quarrels with the agribusiness wing and the matters about sustainability.

It is also argued that the analytical and interpretative references that have being used by the scholars are still diffuse and varied, but has been capable to influence the policy makers. New pension programs in Latin America: lessons from the Argentinean experience. This work analyzes the political constraints of pension reform in Argentina. The first part presents a brief description of the development of pension programs in Latin America.

Additionally, it also discusses the pension system crisis and the main proposals in order to overcome this crisis. The article demonstrates that there are a large gap between the new system promises and its outcomes. This paper analyses the process of regional integration in Asian Pacific region, that has had high economic growth and where there are economies with export led development policies. Traditional concepts of regional integration are described and a new concept, the open regionalism, is introduced.

The history and institutions of Asian Pacific integration are presented. The economic interdependency between Asian Pacific countries is analyzed by geese pattern model of economic development.

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In conclusion, it is intended to claim that his search for an alternative appro-ach to Latin-American capitalism has not succeeded in breaking up the boundaries of bourge-ois political economy. Along with this paper, we will present some debates between Sen and John Rawls, beside other critics. This is done to explain the complex theoretical system elaborated by him. In concluding, the paper shows that the objective of Sen is to find a satisfactory concept of development that is explicit in its ethical presumptions.

Wjuniski usou essa base de dados e realizou testes de quebra estrutural. This is change made it challengingto construct a validand reliable education spending data profilefor 20th century Brazil. Previous work on the economic history of education in Brazil used the data provided according to the thesis of Maduro Wjuniski used that database and ran structural break tests and concluded that the Brazilian government underinvested in the expansion of secondary education.

However, Wjuniski did not consider problems concerning: i data reliability and ii the effects of the 2ndLDB on education expenditure data. This paper shows that data on education spending in Brazil does not allow us to assert that there was an underinvestment in secondary education from onwards. Seller Inventory n. Book Description Cambridge Univ Pr, Condition: Brand New.

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Government interventions in market failures can encounter objections from those who doubt their efficacy. Acocella, a leading expert on economic policy, counters these unfounded criticisms, making the convincing case for the foundation, coordination and reach of government action through economic policy. Arguing for the governmental potential to devise democratic, fair and effective institutions and policies, this book also demonstrates the validity of the principles outlined by Frisch and Tinbergen, amongst others, for controlling the economy, in a strategic context, equivalent to the rational expectations assumption.

Demonstrating how unconventional monetary policies such as macro-prudential regulation, new fiscal rules, and new forms of international policy coordination can offer an effective response to the multiplicity of current economic issues, the recent financial crisis arguably indicates that economic policy must once again take centre stage as the applied complement to mainstream economic theory. Economists warn that policies to level the economic playing field come with a hefty price tag. But this so-called 'equality-efficiency trade-off' has proven difficult to document.

The data suggest, instead, that the extraordinary levels of economic inequality now experienced in many economies are detrimental to the economy. Moreover, recent economic experiments and other evidence confirm that most citizens are committed to fairness and are willing to sacrifice to help those less fortunate than themselves. Incorporating the latest results from behavioral economics and the new microeconomics of credit and labor markets, Bowles shows that escalating economic disparity is not the unavoidable price of progress.

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