Book Club Speaker: Author Steven Kates
CFA Society Los Angeles' Book Club will host Professor Steven Kates who will speak on the topic: "If You Don't Understand Say's Law You will Never Understand Anything Worth Knowing about How an Economy Works" based on his most recent book "Free Market Economics", Third Edition, to be published in June.
“This book presents the very embodiment of supply-side economics. At its very core is the entrepreneur trying to work out what to do in a world of deep uncertainty in which the future cannot be known. Crucially, the book is entirely un-Keynesian, restoring Say’s Law to the center of economic theory, with its focus on value-adding production as the source of demand. If you would like to understand how an economy actually works, this is one of the few places I know of where you can find out.” - Arthur B. Laffer, Laffer Associates, US
"A refreshing theoretical counterattack to the established Keynesian world view that has left the West financially overpromised, disastrously broke, and vulnerable to crank ideas. Professor Kates has brilliantly resurrected Say's law of markets - Keynes's old nemesis - into a new modern framework that forms the foundation of a new sustainable economy." - Mark Skousen, editor, Forecasts & Strategies and formerly of the Columbia Business School, US
"Steven Kates has written an exciting new book on the basics of economics. He avoids the dry and unrealistic assumptions of most introductions to economics. He puts change, entrepreneurship, uncertainty, decentralized knowledge and spontaneous order at the center of his analysis. The reader will profit from this fresh approach far more than from an ordinary textbook. This is a treatment for the general reader that both respects and engages one's intelligence." - Mario J. Rizzo, New York University, US
"Steve Kates, an academic with business experience, does away with the unrealistic abstractions that make economics inaccessible to general readers. This book is about real, enterprising people with whom we can identify, and about how ordinary economic life evolves in conditions of uncertainty. We learn why vacuous modelling only misleads us and why economic freedom and secure institutions are essential to achieving the good life." - Wolfgang Kasper, University of New South Wales, Australia
In this thoroughly updated third edition of Free Market Economics, Steven Kates assesses economic principles based on classical economic theory. Rejecting mainstream Keynesian and neoclassical approaches even though they are thoroughly covered in the text, Kates instead looks at economics from the perspective of an entrepreneur making decisions in a world where the future is unknown, innovation is a continuous process and the future is being created before it can be understood.
Key Features include:
• analysis derived from the theories of pre-Keynesian classical economists, as this is the only source available today that explains the classical pre-Keynesian theory of the business cycle
• a focus on the entrepreneur as the driving force in economic activity rather than on anonymous 'forces' as found in most economic theory today
• introduces a powerful though simplified model to explain the difference between modern theory of recession and classical theory of the business cycle
• great emphasis is placed on the consequences of decision making under uncertainty
• offers an introductory understanding, accessible to the non-specialist reader.
The aim of this book is to redirect the attention of economists and policy makers towards the economic theories that prevailed in earlier times. Their problems were little different from ours but their way of understanding the operation of an economy and dealing with those problems was completely different.
Steven Kates, Associate Professor of Economics, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
"Free Market Economics, Third Edition: An Introduction for the General Reader" 3rd Edition June 2017
"What's Wrong with Keynesian Economic Theory?" Author, Editor 2016
"Say's Law and the Keynesian Revolution: How Macroeconomic Theory Lost Its Way" 1998
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