I am one of two Keynesian libertarian economists in the world. That may sound like a contradiction in terms, but it is not. The Keynes that I know and whose works I have learned so much from, is a different economist than the one many conventional-thinking Keynesians claim to affiliate themselves with. And remember: Keynes did not just write the General Theory. He wrote volumes upon volumes of other books, essays, articles, research papers… My favorite, even above GT, is Treatise on Probability. His research paper The General Theory of Employment is definitely worth the time, especially as a follow-up on his book with almost the same title. And don’t forget to consume the collection called Essays in Persuasion.
I do not agree with Keynes on everything he writes, especially not his non-scholarly free-wheeling thinking about what role government might have beyond the macroeconomic horizon. Keynesians in general have missed out on a lot of important research on the negative role of government in the economy. Here, the Austrian school has a lot to contribute. I have gone back as far as Carl Menger and found a lot of useful and inspiring research. It is a long-standing dream of mine to be able to formulate a Keynesian-Austrian synthesis… Yes, the idea is much more realistic than you think!
I earned my Ph.D. in social sciences with major in economics at Roskilde University in Denmark in 2000. My doctoral thesis, Uncertainty, Macroeconomic Stability and the Welfare State, was published in 2002 by Ashgate, a British academic publishing company.
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