Friday, May 27, 2016

Yves Smith — New IMF Paper Challenges Neoliberal Orthodoxy

While the IMF’s research team has for many years chipped away at mainstream economic thinking, a short, accessible paper makes an even more frontal challenge. It’s caused such a stir that the Financial Times featured it on its front page. We’ve embedded it at the end of this post and encourage you to read it and circulate it.
The article cheekily flags the infamous case of the Chicago Boys, Milton Friedman’s followers in Pinochet’s Chile, as having been falsely touted as a success. If anything, the authors are too polite in describing what a train wreck resulted. A plutocratic land grab and speculation-fueled bubble led quickly to a depression, forcing Pinochet to implement Keynesian policies, as well as rolling back labor “reforms,” to get the economy back on its feet.
The papers describes three ways in which neoliberal reforms do more harm than good.…
Now that the wheels are coming off, the knives are coming out.

Naked Capitalism
New IMF Paper Challenges Neoliberal Orthodoxy
Yves Smith

3 comments:

Bob said...

Freudian slip?

Ignacio said...

IMF research department has been quite disconnected from the executive branch for a while.

The problem is that the research isn't collating to the executive branch, at all.

Bob said...

I'm amazed that their research funding hasn't been disconnected.