Kevin Rudd came to power for the first time on December 3rd 2007, just a few months after the global financial crisis commenced, and some time before its severity was truly appreciated by the political classes of any nation. On September 7, he lost office for the last time.
As regular readers here know, the main reason for developing Minsky was to make it possible to build monetary models of the economy. But it is also a pretty good tool for doing standard system dynamics modeling too, and in these two videos I show a range of famous chaotic oscillators modeled in Minsky:
Readers with long memories will recall Paul Krugman describing interest in the history of economic thought as “Talmudic scholarship” (see figure 1), and dismissing it with an emphatic “I Don’t Care”.
The speed with which a few useful modifications can be done to a a model in Minsky reminds me of the old “don’t try this at home” saying. I’d love to race someone adding the same concepts in a program like Vensim, Stella or even Vissim!
One of the defining features of neoclassical economics is the belief that macroeconomic analysis has to be not merely compatible with, but derivable from, microeconomic analysis. The development of economic theory has been driven far more by this belief than by the desire to make the theory compatible with the observed behaviour of the economy.
One of the advantages of being overseas right now is that it takes less effort to avoid listening to the insipid discourse that passes for political debate during this Australian election. As Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott compete over who can be more obnoxious to refugees, I find myself pining for the days of sensible and humane policies under Malcolm Fraser. As politicians make themselves the butt of their own unintentional suppository jokes, I pine for someone who could deliver a killer line against his opponent, rather than against himself: Paul Keating.
Dr. Russell Standish and I have been working on Minsky now for almost two years now–ever since we received the $125K from INET’s Spring 2011 grant round: Russell as builder (coding in C++ and Tcl/Tk) and me as architect (playing with each release, spotting bugs and suggesting features). It’s been a part-time endeavor: Russell, as a contract programmer, has to keep more than one iron in the fire, while I have a fair few balls in the air myself. Russell has put in about 2000 hours of coding over that time, and we still have funds to support about another 250 hours after the successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year.
The latest “Petty” version of Minsky finally qualifies as a 1.0 release: there are enough system dynamic and user-interface features in it to declare it a stable release. We’ll modify it to remove any bugs that are identified–and I just spotted one intermittent one involving wiring (see https://sourceforge.net/p/minsky/tickets/324/)–but otherwise this will remain a stable release, with no new features to be added.
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