James Galbraith

Added to Debates & Controversies

Dismal Economics “Although neoclassical economics relies on assumptions that should have been discarded long ago, it remains the mainstream orthodoxy. Three recent books, and one older one, help to show why its staying power should be regarded as a scandal.”
— James Galbraith Project Syndicate (@ProSyn) July 23, 2021

Commentary & Controversy

Doubtless I’ve missed more than a few, but the growth in commentary from MMT literate sources has grown significantly over the past decade. Consider: for 2001 through 2016, I’ve found 38 articles published in a range of media. Compare that to 158 published, sometimes with updates, between 2017 and 2020. You’ll find them on two pages: Debates and Controversies and News & Commentary

I added only four in 2021, leading me to wonder if I’m slacking off. Suggestions most welcome, here or via my Twitter feed.

Added today to Debates and Controversies: Paul Krugman Has Changed His Tune About Our “Long Run Budget Problem”
— Nathan Tankus (@NathanTankus) Crisis Notes April 15, 2021

Larry Summers versus Dodd Frank
— Nathan Tankus (@NathanTankus) Naked Capitalism Sept 11, 2013 (added 4/26)

Recently Added

Most mornings, I read through Twitter from a list of 24 trusted principal MMT sources. Mostly academics. List here. They are a busy lot. When they link to research, commentary, explainers, etc., I send myself an email as a reminder to add the material to the site. Sometimes, I appreciate their use of twitter as teaching tool noteworthy and capture a thread. What with the expanding body of content and work I’ve missed (see below) or didn’t think — or know — to include sooner, I’m always playing catch-up. It’s both exhilarating and a little daunting. Here’s what’s caught my attention over the last few days.

Added to page on Student Debt

Complete thread here from Marshall Steinbaum (@Econ_Marshall)

Warren vs. Sanders: Inside the Progressive Debate Over the Student Debt Crisis
• Their competing plans reveal a lot about how these White House hopefuls would govern.
— Kara Voght (@karavoght) Mother Jones (@motherjones) Jan 31, 2010

Student Loan Discharged in Bankruptcy – Just a Blip, or Something Bigger?
— Michael M. Krauss, James Park, National Law Review (@natlawreview) Jan 28, 2020 h/t @RaulACarrillo

Added to Debates & Controversies
Does Modern Monetary Theory Have Any Scholarly Validity?
— John Harvey (@John_T_Harvey) Forbes (@Forbes) Jan 28, 2020 Warning: he unfortunately evokes the household budget analogy.

Modern Money Theory 101: A Reply to Critics • Key words: Modern Money Theory, Price Stability, Full Employment, Financial Stability, Money
— Éric Tymoigne (@tymoignee) and L. Randall Wray Levy Economics Institute of Bard College November 2013

How the Economists Got It Wrong
James K. Galbraith The American Prospect (@TheProspect) Dec 19, 2001