Lectures in Macroeconomics: A Capitalist Economy Without Unemployment

ISBN : 9780198842118

Kazimierz Laski; Jerzy Osiatynski; Jan Toporowski
240 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Lectures in Macroeconomics: A Capitalist Economy Without Unemployment provides a systematic account of the principle of aggregate demand based on the work of Polish economist Michal Kalecki, best known as one of the originators of the Keynesian Revolution in macroeconomics.The lectures demonstrate the importance of aggregate demand in determining total output and employment in the capitalist economy. They show how the investment decisions of firms affect economic growth, arguing that due to the unstable nature of investment it is important that the government has a central role in stabilizing the economy.

This English translation of Kazimierz Laski's final work brings up to date fundamental concepts to give a picture of the twenty-first capitalist economy, and the obstacles that must be overcome in bringing it to full employment. It introduces the role of money and finance in the contemporary capitalist economy, as well as the central role of the labour market and wages. The analysis is illustrated with statistics and discussion around the evolution of capitalist economies and the rise of economic inequality since the Second World War, culminating in the 2008 crisis and the economic deflation affecting Europe since that crisis. Lectures in Macroeconomics remarks critically upon the neo-classical approach to economics that has brought about slow economic growth, unemployment, and inequality.


Editor's Introduction
1 Macroeconomic concepts and analytical tools
2 Surplus of consumer goods and how it can be turned into a profit
3 Prices and the distribution of national income
4 Profits and GDP in the basic model
5 Income and GDP in the model with government
6 GDP in an open economy model
7 Endogenous money
8 Economic growth and the growth of effective demand
9 Stylized features of economic growth after World War II


Kazimierz Łaski (1921-2015), was born in Częstochowa in Poland. Despite his Jewish origins, he survived the Second World War, fighting in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. He studied Economics with Oskar Lange and went on to hold the Chair in Political Economy at Warsaw's Economics University, where he organized lectures by Poland's other internationally-renowned economist, Michał Kalecki. Łaski was expelled from Poland in 1968 during the anti-Semitic purge, and eventually settled in Austria, where he taught at the University in Linz and researched at the Vienna Institute for Comparative Economic Studies. Even after his formal retirement Kazimierz Łaski remained active, lecturing in Poland and presenting his research all over the world. ; Jerzy Osiatyński studied at Warsaw School of Economics (1959-64) and at the University of Cambridge (1971-73). He has worked at the Warsaw School of Economics and at the Institute of Economics of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on economic theory and policy, public finance, and economic development. ; Jan Toporowski studied economics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and the University of Birmingham, UK. He has worked in fund management, international banking, and central banking. He has been a consultant for the Economist Intelligence Unit and various UN agencies. Jan Toporowski has published nearly three hundred papers, books and reviews on monetary theory and policy, finance, and the work of Michał Kalecki, whose biography he has recently completed.