The State of Macro

Posted: 31 Aug 2011  

Olivier J. Blanchard

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics

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Date Written: January 2009

Abstract

For a long while after the explosion of macroeconomics in the 1970s, the field looked like a battlefield. Over time, however, mainly because facts do not go away, a largely shared vision both of fluctuations and of methodology has emerged. Not everything is fine. Like all revolutions, this one has come with the destruction of some knowledge, and it suffers from extremism and herding. None of this is deadly, however. The state of macro is good.

Suggested Citation

Blanchard, Olivier J., The State of Macro (January 2009). Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 1, pp. 209-228, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1920058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.economics.050708.142952

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