In December , one of the most eminent economists of the time, Alvin E. Hansen, delivered the Presidential Address, titled “Economic. Summers’ theory of “secular stagnation” (a term first used by the economist Alvin Hansen back in ) holds that, in the United States, the. Recently, Hansen’s secular stagnation hypothesis has gained renewed stagnation in the US in much the same way as suggested by Alvin Hansen in

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Arguably, Hansen’s longer impact was a teacher of the “golden generation” of Harvard students and his slim Guide to Keyneswhich helped spread the Neo-Keynesian synthesis in an understandable form. Jenks Simon N.

Alvin Hansen – Wikipedia

alviin This perspective doesn’t rule out using monetary or fiscal policy to stimulate the economy in the short run, but neither does it see these as long-term answers. Insofar as Hansen provides policy advice, it sounds not so much like a pro-growth agenda as it does a set of anti-anti-growth recommendations.

He could see the stagnation of investment and the inability of capitalism to bring the required level of investment forth.

Here’s an readable interview with Field laying out his views. Active demand management sounds more appealing than dismantling trade unions, I suppose.

And there was the ensuing slump. Carver John R. Witte Morris A. The equilibrium level of employment in that class of models could vary with the parameter that describes the economy’s long-term growth rate whether employment is increasing or decreasing hansdn the growth rate is likely to depend on, among other things, the relative strength of substitution and wealth effects.


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CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Secular Stagnation: Back to Alvin Hansen

Hansen frequently testified before Congress. A Guide to Keynes So question is whether seculra want a good-paying job, commensurate with their skill or one that even pays better than their skill. And despite a robust period of growth secjlarthe economy slipped back into recession in If you haven’t read the speech, I recommend that you do–it’s an interesting and easy read.

Hansen famous “secular stagnation” thesis came out the next year, in his presidential address to the AEAwith the harrowing vision of an economy trapped permanently in a slump of low population growth and low investment.

Hansen retired from Harvard in But how do we know what people view as “good paying jobs commensurate with their skills and work ethics? These days the words secular stagnation and Japan seem to always go together. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Alvin Hansen

Resources on Alvin Hansen Archival Facts: However, Hansen did not exactly offer a prognostication–his theory is better thought of like any theory as a conditional forecast.

After a decade of economic hardship the unemployment rate remained elevated throughout the episode and recovery, the economy’s capacity to produce material wealth in was no greater than its capacity in Newer Post Older Post Home. More effectively than anyone else, he explicated, extended, domesticated, and popularized the ideas embodied in Keynes’ The General Theory. Was this the end of growth? Here are some words from Hansen’s speech that ring true to me today: I think I can understand why you cannot agree with paragraph 4 I think – it’s pretty much the policy advocated by MMT, which I have found much to agree with, where the buffer stock represented by NAIRU presently is replaced with a buffer stock represented by a Job Guarantee, and requires subscription to the concept that the state, as the monopoly issuer of currency, can afford to pay for any goods, services and resources denominated in their issued currency, mindful only of inflationary risks as Full Employment is reached.


His caution in making predictions is evident when he writes:. Back to Alvin Hansen.

Alvin Harvey Hansen August 23, — June 6,often referred to as “the American Keynes,” was a professor of economics at Harvarda widely dtagnation author on current economic issues, and an influential advisor to the government who helped create the Council of Economic Advisors and the Social Security system. How far such a [stimulative] program, whether financed by taxation or borrowing, can be carried out without adversely affecting the system of free enterprise is a problem with which economists, I predict, will have to wrestle in the future far more intensely than in the past.

Looking at the economy of the late s, Hansen wrote: Taylor Edwin F.

There are no new territories to settle and exploit. Mason Gottfried Haberler George J. Hansen used that analysis to argue for Keynesian deficit spending. After all, if the fundamental problem is low growth, attempts to boost “aggregate demand” can at best alvon only transitory benefits. Schultze Charles P.