Saturday, February 18, 2012

Nassim Taleb on Post-Keynesian (Minsky) and Austrian Economics

"Strangely, both Minsky and his school, dubbed Post-Keynesian, and his opponents, the libertarian “Austrian” economists, have the same analysis, except that the first group recommends governmental intervention to smooth out the cycle, while the second believes that civil servants should not be trusted to deal with such matters. While both schools of thought seem to fight each other, they both emphasize fundamental uncertainty and stand outside the mainstream economic departments (though they have large followings among businessmen and nonacademics). No doubt this emphasis on fundamental uncertainty bothers the Platonifiers." -Nassim Taleb, The Black Swan