Piketty's Plight and the Global Future
Axial Publishing, 2014 M09 4 - 71 páginas
Presents a revolutionary challenge to Thomas Piketty and others attempting to come to grips with the problem of income inequality. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Piketty rightly takes contemporary economics to task for its preoccupation with “petty mathematical problems.” Yet despite his massive appeal to data, Piketty, like Galbraith, Mankiw, and others, is insufficiently radical to the extent that he remains trapped in muddled descriptive categories, haunted by flaws in selecting and ordering the significant data. This “is like a physicist searching data for traces of the Higgs particle without eyes laden with the standard model." McShane’s text provides an inviting glimpse of a fresh context, a new paradigm, a precise heuristic.
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The reference to Piketty in the title of McShane’s book is, of course, to a book by Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Belknap Press, Harvard UP, 2014). Initially, Piketty’s book received considerable attention in the economics community. Now, though, leading economists are realizing that it is lacking in fundamental ways.
McShane’s book takes Piketty to task, but, surprisingly perhaps, also takes establishment economics to task. Among other things, he draws attention to a key issue, an error in establishment economics that is neither resolved by Piketty’s descriptive financial data nor by present-day economic models.
The fundamental oversight is not recognizing that: There are two types of firm! McShane asserts that introducing this key insight into high school and undergraduate text books and efficiently communicating it to the general public will be key to our global future and our economic well-being.
These few comments are just a peek into McShane’s short but important book that I very much recommend. The book is accessible to a general audience, as are the key results.
The Key Issue
What Is the Productive Process?
Splitting the Productive Process
Sorting Out Classes and Rates of Payment
Productive Surges and Their Measurement
The Global Future