Does economic theory, and its many practical applications, rest on concrete foundations? Given the influence and prestige afforded to orthodox economic policy advice, apparently the answer is a resounding "yes".
Economists Frank Ackerman and Alejandro Nadal present a fundamental challenge to this received wisdom, demonstrating that neither the abstractions of general equilibrium nor their real-world consequences, stand up to logical scrutiny. Themes critically analyzed in this book include:
* Economics' assumptions about consumer behavior
* Individual choices and the role of money
* The Application of economic theory to current debates in globalization, trade and development.
The Flawed Foundations of General Equilibrium Theory shows that there are fatal flaws in the standard theoretical model of a market economy. As such it will be an enlightening read for economists throughout the world of all persuasions.