How to become a postkeynesian economist?
"Kahn [1977:386] has referred to 'the effect which the study of orthodox
economic theory can have upon a powerful mind.' The same can be said of any
graduate program in economics. Training of the mind screens out what is irrelevant
to the program at hand, even in the case of the not-so-powerful mind. In this
spirit, the Cambridge tradition will impress itself on the person who: begins
with Marshall; reads Keynes' The End of Laissez Faire; then Sraffa's
1926 article which challenged Marshallian economics; then The General Theory
and the Moggridge [JMK 13:338] account of the Circus; next, Kalecki's essays
or Robinson's accounts of his contribution; Harrod's Towards a Dynamic Analysis
comes next, but is to be skimmed; Sraffa's Introduction to his edition of Ricardo's
works; Robinson's Accumulation and Kaldor's article, Alternative Theories
of Distribution, or perhaps Robinson's Essays in the Theory of Economic
Growth along with Kaldor; then Sraffa's Production of Commodities by
Means of Commodities.
This is essentially the intellectual route taken to arrive
at the Cambridge view, a view different from that of American
mainstream economics. Of course, if one is already powerfully
attached to orthodox theory, then the deprogramming will not work.
However, the person will at least understand that another view
is possible, and that it is a positive program, not one relying
only on criticisms of the mainstream. What about Ricardo and Marx?
Their influence is felt mainly through the Sraffa and Kalecki
aus: Marjorie S. Turner; Joan Robinson and the Americans;
M. E. Sharpe, Inc.; Armonk, New York -- London, England 1989, S.244/245.
Kahn, Richard : Malinvaud on Keynes, in: Cambridge Journal of Economics, December, S. 375-388.
John Maynard Keynes : Collected Writings of John Maynard Keynes, ed. by D. Moggridge, London, Cambridge, Vol. 13.
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