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Lance Taylor

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Macroeconomic stabilization and adjustment in developing and transition economies; reconstruction of macroeconomic theory.

Lance Taylor received a B.S. degree with honors in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1962 and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1968. He has been a professor in the economics departments of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among other research institutions. He is currently the Arnhold Professor of International Cooperation at the New School for Social Research. He has published widely in the areas of macroeconomics, development economics, and economic theory. His most recent book is Maynard’s Revenge: The Collapse of Free Market Economics.

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Why Stopping Tax “Reform” Won’t Stop Inequality

Article | Dec 15, 2017

Inequality isn’t driven by taxes—it’s driven by the power of capital in relation to workers

Trump-Style Policies Will Deepen the “American Carnage”

Article | Jun 20, 2017

Current proposals will worsen inequality and harm those Trump promised to protect—while further enriching the top 1%

The “Natural” Interest Rate and Secular Stagnation: Loanable Funds Macro Models Don’t Fit the Data

Paper Commentary | | Oct 2016

The main point of this paper is that loanable funds macroeconomic models with their “natural” interest rate don’t fit with modern institutions and data. Before getting into the numbers, it makes sense to describe the models and how to think about macroeconomics in the first place.

Veiled Repression: Mainstream Economics, Capital Theory, and the Distributions of Income and Wealth

Paper Working Paper Series | | Dec 2015

The Cambridge UK vs USA capital theory debates of the 1960s showed that the workhorse mainstream growth model relies on unsustainable assumptions. Its standard interpretation is not consistent with the last four decades of data.

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Reawakening

From the Origins of Economic Ideas to the Challenges of Our Time

Event Conference #INET2017 | Oct 21–23, 2017

INET gathered hundreds of new economic thinkers in Edinburgh to discuss the past, present, and future of the economics profession.

Are Economists in Denial About What's Driving the Inequality Trainwreck?

Article | Jan 27, 2016

Today’s richest Americans may soon blow past the tycoons of the Roaring Twenties. Lance Taylor explains why, and what to do about it.

Do Economists Understand the Economy?

Video | Dec 1, 2015

Lance Taylor explains how missing the big picture is too common in the field.

Why Carried Interest is Suddenly the Inequality Flashpoint

Article | Sep 11, 2015

A little-understood rule in the tax code is making headlines. What’s all the fuss?