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Until then economics analyzed only static conditions—essentially doing detailed examination of a snapshot of a rapidly moving process. Keynes, in Treatise, created a dynamic approach that converted economics into a study of the flow of incomes and expenditures.
He opened up new vistas for economic analysis. He remembered the lessons from Versailles and from the Great Depression, when he led the British delegation at the Bretton Woods conference—which set down rules to ensure the stability of the international financial system and facilitated the rebuilding of nations devastated by World War II.
Along with U.
Stabilizing the economy No policy prescriptions follow from these three tenets alone. What distinguishes Keynesians from other economists is their belief in activist policies to reduce the amplitude of the business cycle, which they rank among the most important of all economic problems.
Rather than seeing unbalanced government budgets as wrong, Keynes advocated so-called countercyclical fiscal policies that act against the direction of the business cycle. For example, Keynesian economists would advocate deficit spending on labor-intensive infrastructure projects to stimulate employment and stabilize wages during economic downturns. They would raise taxes to cool the economy and prevent inflation when there is abundant demand-side growth.
Monetary policy could also be used to stimulate the economy—for example, by reducing interest rates to encourage investment.
The exception occurs during a liquidity trap, when increases in the money stock fail to lower interest rates and, therefore, do not boost output and employment. In fact, they believe that governments cannot know enough to fine-tune successfully. Keynesianism evolves Even though his ideas were widely accepted while Keynes was alive, they were also scrutinized and contested by several contemporary thinkers.
Particularly noteworthy were his arguments with the Austrian School of Economics, whose adherents believed that recessions and booms are a part of the natural order and that government intervention only worsens the recovery process. Members of the monetarist school also maintained that money can have an effect on output in the short run but believed that in the long run, expansionary monetary policy leads to inflation only.
Keynesian economists largely adopted these critiques, adding to the original theory a better integration of the short and the long run and an understanding of the long-run neutrality of money—the idea that a change in the stock of money affects only nominal variables in the economy, such as prices and wages, and has no effect on real variables, like employment and output.
Both Keynesians and monetarists came under scrutiny with the rise of the new classical school during the mids. The new classical school asserted that policymakers are ineffective because individual market participants can anticipate the changes from a policy and act in advance to counteract them. A new generation of Keynesians that arose in the s and s argued that even though individuals can anticipate correctly, aggregate markets may not clear instantaneously; therefore, fiscal policy can still be effective in the short run.
The global financial crisis of —08 caused a resurgence in Keynesian thought. It was the theoretical underpinnings of economic policies in response to the crisis by many governments, including in the United States and the United Kingdom. As the global recession was unfurling in late , Harvard professor N. But Sherman did not see: any reason for putting in temperance societies any more than churches or school-houses or any other kind of moral or educational associations that may be organized.
Such an association is not in any sense a combination arrangement made to interfere with interstate commerce. Just as athletic contests distinguish between fair and foul play, the law distinguishes between fair and unfair methods of competition.
The law of unfair competition has developed as a kind of Marquis of Queensbury code for competitive infighting.
The antitrust community would debate over what constitutes fair and unfair methods of competition, but agree that not all methods of competition are desirable. The community would likely tolerate price and service regulations in some industries eg natural monopolies where competition is not feasible.
As one American court observed: The Sherman Act, embodying as it does a preference for competition, has been since its enactment almost an economic constitution for our complex national economy. A fair approach in the accommodation between the seemingly disparate goals of regulation and competition should be to assume that competition, and thus antitrust law, does operate unless clearly displaced.
The dark side of competition In condemning private and public anti-competitive restraints, competition officials and courts invariably prescribe competition as the cure. But that is a function of market conditions, not competition itself. Competition itself cannot cause market failures. Economist Irving Fisher over a century ago examined two assumptions of any laissez-faire doctrine: first, each individual is the best judge of what subserves his own interest, and the motive of self-interest leads him to secure the maximum of well-being for himself; and, secondly, since society is merely the sum of individuals, the effort of each to secure the maximum of well-being for himself has as its necessary effect to secure thereby also the maximum of well-being for society as a whole.
In the past decade, the economic literature has identified several scenarios where the problem is not too little competition, or concerns over unfair methods of competition, but the suboptimal effects from competition itself. Behavioral exploitation Competition policy typically assumes that market participants can best judge what subserves their interests. Suboptimal competition can arise when firms compete in fostering and exploiting demand-driven biases or imperfect willpower.
To illustrate, suppose many consumers share certain biases and limited willpower.
Competition benefits society when firms compete to help consumers obtain or find solutions for their bounded rationality and willpower. Providing this information is another facet of competition—trust us, we will not exploit you. Some consumers do not understand the complex, opaque ways late fees and interest rates are calculated, and are overoptimistic on their ability and willpower to timely pay off the credit card downloads.
Alternatively, the debiased consumers do not remain with the helpful credit card company. Instead they switch to the remaining exploiting credit card firms, where they, along with the other sophisticated customers, benefit from the exploitation such as getting airline miles for their downloads, while not incurring any late fees.
This problem, of course, can arise under oligopolies or monopolies. But here entry and greater competition, as one recent survey found, can worsen, rather than improve, the situation: The most striking result of the literature so far is that increasing competition through fostering entry of more firms may not on its own always improve outcomes for consumers. Indeed competition may not help when there are at least some consumers who do not search properly or have difficulties judging quality and prices … In the presence of such consumers it is no longer clear that firms necessarily have an incentive to compete by offering better deals.
Rather, they can focus on exploiting biased consumers who are very likely to download from them regardless of price and quality. These effects can be made worse through firms' deliberate attempts to make price comparisons and search harder through complex pricing, shrouding, etc and obscure product quality.
The incentives to engage in such activities become more intense when there are more competitors. Second, after identifying these consumers, firms must be able to exploit them. But firms, like consumers, are also susceptible to biases and heuristics. In competitive settings—such as auctions and bidding wars—overconfidence and passion may trump reason, leading participants to overpay for the downloadd assets. If repeated biased decision-making is not punished, the problem is too little, rather than too much, competition.
Given the cost of losing, it is also illogical to enter a bidding war. But if everyone believes this, no one bids—also illogical. If only one person bids, that person gets a bargain. Once multiple bidders emerge, the second highest bidder fears having to pay and escalates the commitment.
Competitors A and B, in their example, fear being competitively disadvantaged if the other acquires cheaply Company C, a key supplier or downloader. Firms A and B may rationally decide to enter the bidding contest. Both are better off if the other cannot acquire Company C, nonetheless neither can afford the other to acquire the firm.
If they both know they cannot acquire Company C under the antitrust laws, neither will bid. Antitrust, while not always preventing the competitive escalation paradigm, can prevent overbidding in highly concentrated industries where market forces cannot punish firms that overbid.
When individual and group interests diverge Suppose the first assumption Fisher identifies is satisfied—people aptly judge what serves their interest, which leads them to maximize their well-being. One avoids the problem of behavioral exploitation and perhaps the competitive escalation paradigm. Competition benefits society when individual and group interests and incentives are aligned or at least do not conflict.
Difficulties arise when individual interests and group interests diverge. Hockey players prefer wearing helmets.
But to secure a relative competitive advantage, one player chooses to play without a helmet. The other players follow. None now have a competitive advantage from playing helmetless. Collectively the hockey players are worse off.