“In case you are not familiar with Kates . . .”

The video is Economics for Independent Thinkers which discusses the way economics is discussed outside the mainstream. There are many many reason for watching the above video from end to end, but this especially works for me, starting at around the 14:30 mark.

“The lesser known terms are mostly thanks to the Australian economist Steven Kates. In case you are not familiar with Kates, Kates wrote possibly the most thoroughly researched of the studies showing that there was a fairly strong consensus before the Keynesian Revolution about how the business cycle worked.”

And not only that, I explain in modern terms what that theory was. And as strange as you may find this, there is no other modern source where you can find classical theory explained.

The presentation was to The Heritage Foundation in Washington. This is the synopsis and I could not agree more with what he says:

Too many mainstream economists view the world as a collection of equilibrium models, without concern for when these models fail to explain real-world risks. In Economics for Independent Thinkers, author Daniel Nevins scours under appreciated corners of the economics and investment worlds for more realistic thinking. What results is a no-nonsense approach to economics that appreciates the importance of credit and banks in business cycles, and provides a different perspective on Keynesian stimulus and the consequences of government debt accumulation.

The speaker is Daniel Nevins.

Daniel Nevins, CFA, has invested professionally for thirty years, including more than a decade at both J.P. Morgan and SEI Investments. He is perhaps best known for his behavioral economics research, which was included in the curriculum for the Chartered Financial Analyst® program and earned him recognition as one of the founders of “goals-based investing.” He has an economics degree from the Wharton School of Business and a degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering school.

And you know what? Till now I did not think it was possible but you never know the way things are going. We may yet rid ourselves of this Keynesian economic mess, but to do that we will need to understand economic theory before Keynes. Speaking of which, have I ever mentioned my introductory text, Free Market Economics, now in its third edition.

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8 Responses to “In case you are not familiar with Kates . . .”

  1. GerardO

    Everybody outside of billionaire-funded think tanks hates “free market” economics, and the the people who peddle it.

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  3. dangermouse

    Your words are being read. I predict an Order of Australia, if not a knighthood..

  4. Megan

    I read your book after ordering for my College library. I now bore everyone who dares to raise the stimulus issue in front of me with what I learned. Thanks for your persistence in common sense.

  5. Philippa Martyr

    I am proud to be familiar with Kates.

  6. Alan moran

    Question is how the bank credit is created.

    seems to infer that it comes out of mid air. Surely it comes from government money creation that is on-lent and in the fractional system that prevails is magnified. An individual bank cannot create money as if it did so the money would be withdrawn and the bank would be in a liquidity crisis. But when the bank lends 80per cent of what the government injects into it and the total credit flowing through many banks is multiplied fourfold.

    Of course if the banks don’t on lend but just invest in Treasuries a different outcome emerges

  7. Empire

    “In case you are not familiar with Kates . . .”

    Never heard of him. Is he any good?

  8. Jo Smyth

    I agree with everything you say, write – mostly.

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