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Davidson on Keynes: the open economy dimension

Robert Blecker

Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, 2009, vol. 32, issue 1, 19-41

Abstract: This paper reviews the treatment of open economy issues in Paul Davidson's book, >i>John Maynard Keynes>/i>. Davidson aptly summarizes Keynes's criticism of the international monetary system for the asymmetric "burden of adjustment" it places on deficit countries compared with surplus countries, which imparts a contractionary bias to the world economy. Davidson also updates Keynes's proposals for global monetary reform and extends his analysis of international trade. However, Davidson's arguments about mainstream views of international finance and the ineffectiveness of exchange rate adjustments are on less solid ground. This paper suggests reformulations of Davidson's interpretations on the latter two points.

Keywords: Paul Davidson; General Theory; international finance; international trade; John Maynard Keynes; open economies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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