Modern Business Cycle Theory
edited by Robert J. Barro
Harvard University Press, 1989
Cloth: 978-0-674-57860-9
Library of Congress Classification HB3711.M548 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 338.542


The new classical approach to macroeconomics, which assumes that people gather and use economic information efficiently, has been the most important theoretical advance since the Keynesian revolution of the 1930s. This book surveys the major contributions of the “second generation” of proponents of the new classical approach, emphasizing real business cycle theories and applying them to a variety of phenomena.

The chapters include expositions of growth theory, real models of business fluctuations, the informational role of prices, consumption, fiscal policy, rules versus discretion in monetary policy, time consistency and policy, and monetary models. Although the chapters are aimed at advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level students, they will also be of interest to researchers who are looking for a compact and original exposition of the new classical macroeconomics.

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