Conversations with Leading Economists: Interpreting Modern Macroeconomics

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Brian Snowdon, Howard R. Vane
Edward Elgar, 1999 - Business & Economics - 370 pages
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'These conversations are valuable on many levels. The more or less casual reader with a general sense for the issues and interest in the subject might read them for enjoyment. The student struggling to construct a coherent picture in time for exams will find them of tremendous value. and I suspect that many professional economists will learn a great deal about every area but their own and perhaps even something about that.'
- James Forder, The Business Economist
'This book looks behind the now prevalent and sanitised text book portrayals of macroeconomics and introduces the reader to the theoretical and ideological controversies which lie at the heart of the subject. A very clear introductory extended essay by the authors, which sets the scene is followed by a delightful, thought provoking and engaging set of conversations with some of the principal agenda setters of macroeconomic research. This book is for those who wish to gain a sense of excitement of the modern macroeconomic research agenda. It might even encourage them to read some economics.'
- Peter M. Jackson, University of Leicester, UK
'More than fifteen years after I tried to find out what macroeconomists were up to in my book Conversations with Economists I wanted to go back to these economists to hear from them what has happened since then. There is no need to do that anymore here is the update. I am surprised to find out how similar the thinking has remained in some ways but also how rapidly the field has been changing in other ways, how more technical economics has become and how the issue of growth has come to dominate the agenda. These conversations are chock full of information and interesting tidbits, and provide a surprising and insightful view of the current state in macroeconomics. They should be mandatory reading to all students of economics and on top of the reading list of anyone who is interested in what is going on in macroeconomics.'
- Arjo Klamer, Erasmus University, The Netherlands
This important book provides fascinating insights into the origins, development and current state of modern macroeconomics.

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Brian Snowdon is Principal Lecturer in Economics in the School of Social, Political and Economic Sciences at the University of Northumbria.

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