Economic Complexity and Equilibrium Illusion: Essays on market instability and macro vitality - Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy 130 (Hardback)Ping Chen (editor)
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The Principle of Large Numbers indicates that macro fluctuations have weak microfoundations; persistent business cycles and interrupted technologies can be better characterized by macro vitality and meso foundations. Economic growth is limited by market extent and ecological constraints. The trade-off between stability and complexity is the foundation of cultural diversity and mixed economies. The new science of complexity sheds light on the sources of economic instability and complexity.
This book consists of the major work of Professor Ping Chen, a pioneer in studying economic chaos and economic complexity. The chapters are selected from works completed since 1987, including original research on evolutionary dynamics of division of labor, empirical and theoretical studies of economic chaos, and stochastic models of collective behavior. Offering a new perspective on market instability and the changing world order, the basic pillars in equilibrium economics are challenging by solid evidence of economic complexity and time asymmetry, including Friedman's theory of exogenous money and efficient market, the Frisch model of noise-driven cycles, the Lucas model of microfoundations and rational expectations, the Black-Scholes model of option pricing, and the Coase theory of transaction costs.
Throughout, a general framework based on complex evolutionary dynamics is developed, which integrates different insights from Smith, Malthus, Marx, Schumpeter, and Keynes and others a new understanding of the evolutionary history of division of labor. This book will be of interest to postgraduates and researchers in Economics, including macroeconomics, financial economics, advanced econometrics, and economic methodology.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 28 mm
`The book is a collection of Professor Chen's twenty plus years of original and provocative work on macroeconomics. He has questioned the empirical validity of rational expectation theory's micro foundation and attempted to provide an alternative formulation based on complexity science and evolution theory. The book is a valuable contribution to macroeconomics and timely input to the understanding of and debate on current global crisis.'
- Justin Yifu Lin, Chief economist and Senior Vice President, The World Bank, USA
`Ping Chen, a disciple of Prigogine, is an original voice from China, well worth listening to.'
- George Soros, Soros Fund Management LLC, USA
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