June 21, 2018

Shut up! Do first your macroeconomic homework!

Comment on Lars Syll on ‘The microfoundations crusade’

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Lars Syll summarizes: “But one thing I do know, is that the kind of microfoundationalist macroeconomics that New Classical economists in the vein of Lucas and Sargent and the so-called New Keynesian economists in the vein of Mankiw et consortes are pursuing, are not methodologically coherent … And that ought to be rather embarrassing for those ilks of macroeconomists to whom axiomatics and deductivity are the hallmark of science tout court.”

What the representative economist has to realize is:

• Microfoundations are dead for 140+ years. Because of this, microfoundatlist macro has never been anything else than a stillborn approach.

• All microfounded approaches invariably crash against the methodological wall of the Fallacy of Composition. Methodologically, there is no such thing as microfounded macro.

• Being content with superficial criticism, Heterodoxy never realized what the lethal defect of Orthodoxy was and never developed an alternative. In methodological terms, Heterodoxy never executed the overdue paradigm shift from microfoundations to macrofoundations.

• Keynes came very close to the paradigm shift but then messed it up. After-Keynesians, with the exception of Allais, failed to this day to spot the blunder in Keynes’ macrofoundations.

Walrasian microfoundations and Keynesian macrofoundations are proto-scientific garbage. Walrasianism, Keynesianism, Marxianism, Austrianism is axiomatically false. Methodologically it holds for the inescapable paradigm shift: If it isn’t macro-axiomatized, it isn’t economics. *

Egmont Kakarot-Handtke

Macroeconomics ― dead since Keynes
How Keynes got macro wrong and Allais got it right
The demise of phony experts: macroeconomics is provably false
True macrofoundations: the reset of economics
How to restart economics
First Lecture in New Economic Thinking
The new macroeconomic paradigm
From false microfoundations to true macrofoundations
Macroeconomics: self-delusion and empty promises
Macro for retarded economists
Macro for dummies
Finalizing the Keynesian Revolution
Keynesians ― terminally stupid or worse?
How to finally hammer down the nails in the coffin of Monty Python economics
If it isn’t macro-axiomatized, it isn’t economics

Related 'Economics: a science without scientists' and 'The fundamental problem of economics: scientific incompetence aka stupidity' and 'Getting out of the economics swamp' and 'Beware of the moralizing economist' and 'Show first your economic axioms or get out of the discussion'. For details of the big picture see cross-references Scientific Incompetence and cross-references Failed/Fake Scientists and cross-references Axiomatization.