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in the Circuit

By  and Steve Keen and Steve Keen


1 Keynes’s primary motivation in writing “Alternative theories of the rate of Interest” and “The “ex-ante ” theory of the rate of interest ” was to counter attempts by Ohlin and others to recast his liquidity preference theory as no more than a supply and demand model of the determination of the rate of interest. This rearguard action was ultimately unsuccessful, given the profession’s ultimate acceptance of Hicks’s IS-LM analysis as a summary of the General Theory. However, it also had a positive outcome, as tussling with Ohlin’s arguments led Keynes to propose that investment finance was “an additional demand for money ” (Keynes 1937b: 247) to the General Theory’s triumvirate of transactions, precautionary and speculative demands. Keynes’s musings on the interplay between firms who wish to borrow to finance investment, and banks that provide that finance, is prescient of, and of course partly inspired, the Circuitist School’s later contribution. But Keynes’s less formal logic also reached some conclusions contrary to current Circuitist belief. Keynes was correct on these points, while recent Circuitist literature is in error. Notwithstanding this however, the contributions of Graziani et alia on the nature of a monetary economy are essential to the development of a proper model of Keynes’s “revolving fund of liquid finance

Year: 2011
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