Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/181495
Authors: 
Feld, Lars P.
Köhler, Ekkehard A.
Nientiedt, Daniel
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Freiburger Diskussionspapiere zur Ordnungsökonomik 18/11
Abstract: 
Germany's approach to solving the Eurozone crisis is supposedly based on the ideas of Walter Eucken (1891-1950), the founder of ordoliberalism. In this and other contexts, Eucken's work has been described as being in direct opposition to that of John Maynard Keynes. Our paper aims to clarify and differentiate the relationship between the two scholars by making two main points. First, we show that Eucken supported a proto-Keynesian stimulus programme at the height of the Great Depression, the so-called Lautenbach plan of 1931. Second, we critically examine Eucken's description of 'full employment policy', a strategy with obvious parallels to Keynesian economic policy. Additionally, the paper maintains that when comparing Eucken and Keynes, more emphasis should be given to the fact that the former favours a rule-based rather than discretionary approach to policy-making.
Subjects: 
Ordoliberalism
Eurozone Crisis
Monetary Policy
Fiscal Policy
History of Economic Thought
JEL: 
B31
D78
E63
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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