Europe Is Turning Its Back on Keynes’s Cure for Recession





The British economist John Maynard Keynes may live on in popular legend as the world’s most influential economist. But in much of Europe, and most acutely here in the land of his birth, his view that deficit spending by governments is crucial to avoiding a long recession has lately been willfully ignored....

“Everything Keynes established about the primacy of maintaining demand at a steady pace is gone,” Brad DeLong, a liberal economist and blogger at the University of California, Berkeley, said mournfully.

“Europe obviously thinks it can focus on sound finances while the U.S. manages world demand,” he said in a telephone interview, “but unfortunately we are not doing that.”

Along with other noted liberal economists like Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, Mr. DeLong has long argued for more stimulus spending in the United States and abroad to lift growth, even if deficits rise temporarily as a consequence.


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