Milton Friedman: Constructing an Anti-Keynes
30 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2014
Date Written: December 17, 2013
The paper considers Keynes’s major contributions before "The General Theory", namely "A Tract on Monetary Reform" and "A Treatise on Money", and shows that they were close to the views which Friedman would later develop. However, "The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money" represented a major challenge to the orthodoxy of the time, and it was to this that Friedman radically objected. We identify the main areas in which Keynes departed from the mainstream theory of the time, and show how Friedman attempted to undermine each of Keynes’s major contributions and the extent to which he was successful. Friedman regarded Keynes’s contributions as detrimental to, and a definitive step backward for, the economics profession.
Keywords: Friedman, Keynes, History of macroeconomics, Macroeconomic policy
JEL Classification: B22, B31, E6
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