This paper, from a historical perspective, questions the thesis (again in fashion) that price flexibility ensures full employment. The point is made that explanation of unemployment in terms of wage/price stickiness typified pre-Keynesian accounts, but not Keynes’s theory of involuntary unemployment. Under uncertainty, no set of prices consistent with full employment may actually exist: if so, price flexibility is not the critical factor. Finally, with respect to current use of the “AD/AS model”, we note that the strong arguments against attribution of necessarily beneficient effects to price and wage flexibility, which ought to be well-known, seem now to be forgotten.
|Place of Publication||Glasgow|
|Publisher||University of Strathclyde|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
- price flexibility
- full employment