270. Minsky

September 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

“Minsky” was shorthand for Hyman Minsky, a hitherto obscure macroeconomist who died over a decade ago. Many economists had never heard of him when the crisis struck, and he remains a shadowy figure in the profession. But lately he has begun emerging as perhaps the most prescient big-picture thinker about what, exactly, we are going through. A contrarian amid the conformity of postwar America, an expert in the then-unfashionable subfields of finance and crisis, Minsky was one economist who saw what was coming. He predicted, decades ago, almost exactly the kind of meltdown that recently hammered the global economy.

via Why capitalism fails – The Boston Globe.

But even Minski sees destabilization in terms of taking on too much risk and driving up asset prices. He does not deal with the destabilization caused by the inevitable concentration of wealth.

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