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Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability, and the Financial System integrates the modern monetary framework--based on the 3-equation model of the demand side, the supply side, and the policy maker--with a model of the financial system. The authors comprehensively address the limitations of the mainstream macroeconomic model exposed by the financial crisis and the Eurozone crisis. The text guides the reader through the three principal steps required to integrate the financial system within the macroeconomic model.
Every chapter emphasizes how the different actors in the economy behave and interact: what are they trying to achieve and what limits their ability to put their intentions into practice? This is extended to the modelling of growth, where the role of innovation rents in the Schumpeterian model is highlighted. It is essential that students understand previous periods of growth, stability and crisis in preparing for future shocks. With this in mind, the book enables the reader to interpret long run historical data and to compare institutional detail in different eras and across the world.
Macroeconomics not only develops the critical thinking skills required for academic success, but ensures that students can analyze data, trends, and policy debates with the confidence necessary for a career in economics or finance. It is essential reading for all those interested in learning more about the current macroeconomic system and the role of financial institutions.
Wendy Carlin is Professor of Economics at University College London and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research.
David Soskice, FBA, is School Professor of Political Science and Economics at The London School of Economics and Political Science.