Lectures on John Maynard Keynes' General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (4): Chapter 4, 'The Choice of Units'; Chapter 5, 'Expectations as Determining Output and Employment'

University of Guelph Department of Economics and Finance Working Paper No. 2013-09

26 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2013

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Brian S. Ferguson

University of Guelph - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 23, 2013

Abstract

In Chapter 4 of the General Theory, Keynes discusses the units of measurement he will be using in the remainder of the book, in particular his reason for measuring in nominal rather than real terms, objection to aggregate measures of real output and physical capital stock, and his concept of wage units, which is a source of difficulty in following bits of the later exposition. Chapter 5 introduces expectations and discusses the role of short run expectations in determining the behavior of firms and of economic aggregates.

Keywords: Keynes, General Theory, Keynesian Economics, Classical Economics, Wage Units, Labour Units, Short Run Expectations, Long Run Expectations, Economic Dynamics

JEL Classification: B10, B12, B13, B22, B31, E12, N12, N14

Suggested Citation

Ferguson, Brian S., Lectures on John Maynard Keynes' General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (4): Chapter 4, 'The Choice of Units'; Chapter 5, 'Expectations as Determining Output and Employment' (July 23, 2013). University of Guelph Department of Economics and Finance Working Paper No. 2013-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2313440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2313440

Brian S. Ferguson (Contact Author)

University of Guelph - Department of Economics ( email )

50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
Canada

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