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Title:Financial markets PDF Logo
Authors:Bibow, Jörg
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Working paper, Levy Economics Institute 660
Abstract:This paper provides a brief exposition of financial markets in Post Keynesian economics. Inspired by John Maynard Keynes's path-breaking insights into the role of liquidity and finance in monetary production economies Post Keynesian economics offers a refreshing alternative to mainstream (mis)conceptions in this area. We highlight the importance of liquidity - as provided by the financial system - to the proper functioning of real world economies under fundamental uncertainty, contrasting starkly with the fictitious modeling world of neo-Walrasian exchange economies. The mainstream vision of well-behaved financial markets, channeling saving flows from savers to investors while anchored by fundamentals, complements a notion of money as an arbitrary numéraire and mere convenience, facilitating exchange but otherwise neutral. From a Post Keynesian perspective, money and finance are nonneutral but condition and shape real economic performance. It takes public policy to anchor asset prices and secure financial stability, with the central bank as the key public policy tool.
Subjects:financial markets
liquidity
uncertainty
rate of interest
instability
central banking
JEL:A33
B31
E44
E50
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

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