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After the Great Recession
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The severity of the Great Recession and the subsequent stagnation caught many economists by surprise. But a group of Keynesian scholars warned for some years that strong forces were leading the US toward a deep, persistent downturn. This book collects essays about these events from prominent macroeconomists who developed a perspective that predicted the broad outline and many specific aspects of the crisis. From this point of view, the recovery of employment and revival of strong growth requires more than short-term monetary easing and temporary fiscal stimulus. Economists and policy makers need to explore how the process of demand formation failed after 2007 and where demand will come from going forward. Successive chapters address the sources and dynamics of demand, the distribution and growth of wages, the structure of finance and challenges from globalization, and inform recommendations for monetary and fiscal policies to achieve a more efficient and equitable society.


‘It has come as a shock to some that decades of relative economic stability could end with the calamity of the Great Recession and continued economic stagnation. Yet, many economists did see the writing on the wall, warning us that decades of productivity gains outstripping wage growth and increased reliance on debt and complicated and increasingly risky financial instruments were a recipe for disaster. The authors in this volume lay out the paths that policy makers could take that would deliver good jobs and sustained economic stability. This time, we should seriously consider their advice.’

Heather Boushey - Senior Economist, Center for American Progress

‘After the Great Recession is an outstanding collection of essays by some of the most insightful economists working in the United States today. The real-world significance of this volume stands in stark contrast to the failures of virtually all orthodox economists to either understand the causes of the recession or offer viable solutions for ending it or preventing similar disasters in the future. This book deserves careful study and a wide professional readership.’

Robert Pollin - Co-Director, Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

‘This is the definitive statement from the fragile financial sector wing of post-Keynesian economists as to why we should be deeply pessimistic about where the economy is and where it is likely to remain.’

Eugene Smolensky - University of California, Berkeley

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