First, the usual disclaimer: This website is mine, and mine only. It represents the analysis, opinions and conclusions of me and me alone. I am not affiliated with any political campaign – but in case you haven’t noticed, I support Senator Rand Paul for president in 2016. He’s not perfect – no human is perfect; we are imperfect by design – but he has a strong belief in liberty and the principles that guided our Founding Fathers to creating this great Republic.
What about me, then? Well, to begin with I am the proud husband of the most beautiful woman in the world. Four kids keep us busy. I am also an economist by education and unstoppable habit. It so happens to be that I am one of only two Keynesian libertarian economists in the world.
That last thing may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it is not. Unlike most of Keynes’s critics – and leftist followers – I have actually studied his work. At length. For example, Keynes did not just write the General Theory. He wrote volumes upon volumes of other books, essays, articles, research papers… My favorite, even above GT, is Treatise on Probability. His research paper The General Theory of Employment is definitely worth the time, especially as a follow-up on his book with almost the same title. And don’t forget to consume the collection called Essays in Persuasion.
I do not agree with Keynes on everything he writes, especially not his non-scholarly free-wheeling thinking about what role government might have beyond the macroeconomic horizon. But unlike statist Keynesians, I can separate the speculative, rhetorical part of Keynes’s writings from his scholarly work. That separation eludes most modern-day Keynesians, making them ignore the parts of his work that point to a negative role of government in the economy.
But I am also the first to acknowledge that others have made stronger contributions in that area. The Austrian school has a lot to contribute. I have gone back as far as Carl Menger and found a lot of useful and inspiring research, some of which challenges Keynesian theory – and some of which corroborates it.
I am still not quite convinced of the scholarly core in Austrian economics, but I am curious to delve more deeply into it. In fact, I have a long-standing dream of formulating a Keynesian-Austrian synthesis… Yes, the idea is much more realistic than you think!
Education? I don’t think it never ends, but I did earn my Ph.D. in social sciences with major in economics at Roskilde University in Denmark in 2000. My doctoral thesis, Uncertainty, Macroeconomic Stability and the Welfare State, was published in 2002 by Ashgate, a British academic publishing company.
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