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The Common Error of Common Sense: An Essential Rectification of the Accounting Approach

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 371

23 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2012 Last revised: 9 Apr 2015

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke

University of Stuttgart - Institute of Economics and Law

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Date Written: September 27, 2012

Abstract

This paper takes the explanatory superiority of the integrated monetary approach for granted. It will be demonstrated that the accounting approach could do even better, provided it frees itself from theoretically ill-founded notions like GDP and other artifacts of the equilibrium approach. National accounting as such does not provide a model of the economy but is, rather, the numerical reflex of the underlying theory. It is this theory that will be scrutinized, rectified, and ultimately replaced in what follows. The formal point of reference is “the integrated approach to credit, money, income, production and wealth” of Wynne Godley and Marc Lavoie.

Keywords: New Framework of Concepts, Structure-Centric, Axiom Set, Primacy of Theory, Income, Profit, Distributed Profit, Money, Flow, Residual, Transaction Matrix, General Complementarity

JEL Classification: B41, E01

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Kakarot-Handtke, Egmont, The Common Error of Common Sense: An Essential Rectification of the Accounting Approach (September 27, 2012). Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 371. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153218 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2153218

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke (Contact Author)

University of Stuttgart - Institute of Economics and Law ( email )

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Stuttgart
Germany

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