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A Sad Day

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

A few days ago Pierangelo Garegnani passed away. A good summary of his contribution to the debate on economic theory can be found here, and a slightly more technical one here.

He has been my first teacher. It is thanks to him that I understood, very young, that the Keynesian principle of effective demand is not a simple special case of the neoclassical theory. Just a few weeks ago I went back to his 1979 CJE controversy on effective demand with Joan Robinson that is surprisingly actual.

But, above all, he taught me rigour, attention to the internal consistency of an argument, and love for economic theory, meant as a conceptual lens to make sense of a complex reality. I had lost him of sight, for a number of reasons of no interest. But his lesson has been invaluable along all my career, and will continue to be. A Maestro…

It is a sad day.

  1. keynespendulum
    November 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I thought your initiative on Garegnani highly commendable. I think you would enjoy knowing that there’s a column in Canada that shares your enthusiasm and concern for JMK, with a readership that is as enthusiastic. Most refer to it as FRB: Fictional Reserve Barking. Here is the latest for your perusual:


    I accessed your site via the PG article. I will gladly continue to follow your vision on Europe.


  1. October 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

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