The IMF goes radical?

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An IMF work­ing paper has received a lot of atten­tion recent­ly – and not for the usu­al rea­sons. Where­as the IMF is usu­al­ly crit­i­cised for being dog­mat­ic about free mar­ket eco­nom­ics and effec­tive­ly behold­en to the banks, this paper is being both praised and crit­i­cised for want­i­ng to rad­i­cal­ly reform them.

This clear­ly isn’t offi­cial IMF pol­i­cy, but the fact that it has been released by the IMF is note­wor­thy, and the paper deserves care­ful atten­tion. It is an enor­mous paper, not just in length (56 pages of text) but also in the range of top­ics cov­ered, and it will take at least three posts to do it jus­tice. In this one, I’ll focus on its analy­sis of today’s mon­e­tary sys­tem.

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About Steve Keen

I am Professor of Economics and Head of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University London, and a long time critic of conventional economic thought. As well as attacking mainstream thought in Debunking Economics, I am also developing an alternative dynamic approach to economic modelling. The key issue I am tackling here is the prospect for a debt-deflation on the back of the enormous private debts accumulated globally, and our very low rate of inflation.