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Ep. 294 Steve Keen on What’s Wrong With Neoclassical Economics

Steve Keen joins Bob to commiserate on the poverty of Paul Krugman, and to make the case for Hyman Minksy. An all around fun, informative conversation.

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Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. James Ciantar on 10/24/2023 at 4:33 AM

    I don’t know what is more dangerous, trusting climate change computer models or trusting the assumptions of neoclassical economics.

    • Tel on 12/14/2023 at 9:44 AM

      Are there any economists calling themselves the “Neoclassical School” ?

      Same with “Neoliberal” … it’s a nonsense word used to create strawman arguments.

      • Robert Murphy on 12/21/2023 at 4:19 PM

        Tel, I think there might be economists who would say “Sure I’m a neoclassical economist.”

      • Tommy on 12/27/2023 at 5:51 PM

        Hegemonic schools of thought tend not to acknowledge that there are other schools of thought, which is part of what makes them so insidious. Besides, plenty of economists have and still do identify as neoclassical.

  2. RMB on 10/24/2023 at 7:26 PM

    This guy went way off base at the end. Sheesh.

  3. Gaurav on 11/10/2023 at 5:23 PM

    Great episode but the audio quality was terrible. I could barely understand what Steve was saying.

  4. Rudy Kohn on 01/18/2024 at 9:12 PM

    Listening to this right now, and I’m noticing a possible issue at around 58:00 or so: Keen is mixing equity (dollars) with deficits (dollars/time) and this is a unit mismatch.

    In his model, there does need to be a government *debt* but not a *deficit*. Once the government has a little bit of debt, the banks and non-bank private sector can both have positive equity, and simple deflation from the same money chasing more goods (due to increases in productivity) can increase the equity of both sectors in real terms.

    Haven’t finished the episode, so maybe you address this in there, but I wanted to throw it out there before I forgot.

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