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How Macroeconomists Lost Control of Stabilization Policy: Towards Dark Ages

Jean-Bernard Chatelain () and Kirsten Ralf

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Abstract: This paper is a study of the history of the transplant of mathematical tools using negative feedback for macroeconomic stabilization policy from 1948 to 1975 and the subsequent break of the use of control for stabilization policy which occurred from 1975 to 1993. New-classical macroeconomists selected a subset of the tools of control that favored their support of rules against discretionary stabilization policy. The Lucas critique and Kydland and Prescott's time-inconsistency were over-statements that led to the "dark ages" of the prevalence of the stabilization-policy-ineffectiveness idea. These over-statements were later revised following the success of the Taylor rule.

Keywords: Control; Stabilization Policy Ineffectiveness; Negative feedback; Dynamic Games (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B22 B41 C36 C61 C62 C73 E32 E52 E61 E62 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-09-25
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