Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Economics as driving force

The Finance Minister Shri Pranab Mukherjee delivered ‘Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture at Colombo on “Economics as a driving force of International Relations”.

Some excerpts:

  • As students of economics would understand, economic theory is an evolutionary process and undergoes change with every major crisis. The classical theory gave way to Keynesian economics after the Great Depression of 1930s. Thereafter, there were post-Keynesian and monetarist approaches to economic problems during 1960s to 90s. The present crisis, which has also been called Great Recession, would be another watershed in the evolution of economics and is expected to bring about radical retooling of the theory.
  • ……the pursuit of individual goals do not necessarily lead to public good. Adam Smith’s ‘invisible hand’ cannot guarantee allocation of resources efficiently.

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