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Toward an Economics of the Slowdown in the West

Phelps, Edmund S.

The West is in crisis – and so is economics. Economies are in a 50-year slowdown. Rates of return on investment have shrunk. Wages – and incomes generally – are stagnating for most people. Job satisfaction is down, especially among the young, and more working-age people are unwilling or unable to participate in the labor force. Yet economists have been largely mute on the underlying causes of this crisis and what, if anything, can be done to restore economic vigor. It is safe to say that the causes are not well understood. And they will not be understood until economists finally engage in the task of reshaping how economics is taught and practiced. In particular, the profession needs three revolutions that it still resists.

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Academic Units
Center on Capitalism and Society
Economics
Series
Center on Capitalism and Society Working Papers, 112
Published Here
February 15, 2019
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