The best books on monetary macroeconomics

Why am I passionate about this?

The passionate teaching of Bernard Schmitt at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, kindled my interest in monetary macroeconomics. In Fribourg I wrote my doctoral dissertation while working as Schmitt’s research and teaching assistant. In 1978 I moved to London to conduct research at the LSE as a PhD student under the supervision of Meghnad Desai. I received my PhD in 1982. Back on the Continent, I continued my collaboration with Schmitt, which lasted until his death in 2014. My enthusiasm for research never failed and I hope to have conveyed it to some of my students at the Centre for Banking Studies in Lugano and at USI (Università della Svizzera Italiana).


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Bernard Schmitt's Quantum Macroeconomic Analysis

By Alvaro Cencini,

Book cover of Bernard Schmitt's Quantum Macroeconomic Analysis

What is my book about?

This book is about quantum macroeconomic analysis. Its aim is to provide a thorough overview of that approach, from Bernard Schmitt’s inquiry into the nature of money to his final inquiry into the nature of countries’ sovereign debt. The goal of quantum macroeconomic analysis is twofold: to introduce and explain the logical character of the macroeconomic laws governing our economies; and to explain the origin of the pathologies that follow if these laws are not complied with. The book provides essential reading for all those interested in new approaches to macroeconomics, monetary economics, banking, international economics, and the history of economic thought.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Inflation, Unemployment and Capital Malformations

Alvaro Cencini Why did I love this book?

I recommend this book because it deals with the main problems faced by capitalist economies, inflation, and unemployment, in a new and original way, and provides the theoretical foundations for quantum macroeconomic analysis.

Orthodox economics has failed to provide a consistent insight into the pathologies blighting our economies, and both the academic and the economic worlds badly need an alternative approach to convincingly diagnose these pathologies, where they come from, and how they can eventually be disposed of.

Schmitt’s volume provides a revolutionary explanation of the cause of today’s economic disorder as well as an innovative solution enabling for the passage from disorder to order.

By Bernard Schmitt, Alvaro Cencini (translator), Xavier Bradley (translator)

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Inflation, Unemployment and Capital Malformations as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The volume deals with the main problems faced by capitalist economies, inflation and unemployment, in a new and original way, and provides the theoretical foundations for quantum macroeconomic analysis. Its aim is to allow English-speaking economists and interested readers to have a direct access to the analysis provided by Schmitt in his 1984 book Inflation, chomage et malformations du capital.

Orthodox economics has failed to provide a consistent insight of the pathologies hindering our economies, and both the academic and the economic worlds are much in need for an alternative approach capable to explain the origins of these pathologies and…


Book cover of Quantum Macroeconomics: The Legacy of Bernard Schmitt

Alvaro Cencini Why did I love this book?

When I first met him at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland in 1969, I was immediately fascinated by Bernard Schmitt’s passion for scientific research and by his novel approach to monetary macroeconomics.

Three years later I started working with him as a teaching and research assistant and went on working as his closest collaborator until his death in 2014. The other two co-editors of this book also had the privilege to work closely with him.

Conceived as an homage to Schmitt’s legacy, this book is a collection of contributions explaining the historical origin, the analytical content, and the current relevance of Schmitt’s quantum macroeconomic analysis.

By Jean-Luc Bailly (editor), Alvaro Cencini (editor), Sergio Rossi (editor)

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Quantum Macroeconomics as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Quantum Macroeconomics presents a new paradigm in macroeconomic analysis initiated by Bernard Schmitt. It explains the historical origin, the analytical contents, and the actual relevance of this new paradigm, with respect to current major economic issues at national and international level. These issues concern both advanced and emerging market economies, referring to inflation, unemployment, financial instability, and economic crises.

In the first part of this volume, leading scholars explain the historical origin and analytical content of quantum macroeconomics. The second part explores its relevance with respect to the current major economic issues such as the sovereign debt crisis and European…


Book cover of Modern Monetary Macroeconomics: A New Paradigm for Economic Policy

Alvaro Cencini Why did I love this book?

The book brings together a series of contributions to monetary macroeconomics as well as Bernard Schmitt’s last critique to relative price determination.

I recommend it to the reader interested in monetary theory because it gives an overview of the most challenging topics in this field, from money to financial crisis, passing through profit formation, inflation, and unemployment.

International issues are also considered, while a groundbreaking analysis of sovereign debt and interest payments is presented in what was to become Schmitt’s last contribution in English to international macroeconomics.

By Claude Gnos (editor), Sergio Rossi (editor),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Modern Monetary Macroeconomics as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This timely book uses cutting-edge research to analyze the fundamental causes of economic and financial crises, and illustrates the macroeconomic foundations required for future economic policymaking in order to avoid these crises.

The expert contributors take a critical approach to monetary analysis, providing elements for a new paradigm of economic policymaking at both national and international levels. Major issues are explored, including: inflation, capital accumulation and involuntary unemployment, sovereign debts and interest payment, and the euro-area crisis.

Opening new lines of research in the economic and financial crises, this book will prove a fascinating read for academics, students and researchers…


Book cover of Inflation and Unemployment: Contributions to a New Macroeconomic Approach

Alvaro Cencini Why did I love this book?

I am especially fond of this book because I edited it with a dear friend of mine, Prof. Mauro Baranzini, who, despite our different analytical backgrounds has always supported and encouraged my research in monetary macroeconomics.

The book lays the foundations for a fruitful collaboration among economists who share the same objective: to explain satisfactorily and comprehensively the disequilibria hampering the smooth development of our economies.

The works presented in this volume are a serious attempt to clarify the terms of the problem of inflation and unemployment.

They must be seen as contributions to building a modern theory of monetary and structural macroeconomics.

By Alvaro Cencini (editor), Mauro Baranzini (editor),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Inflation and Unemployment as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This work challenges traditional monetary theory by focusing on the role of banks and provides a new insight into the role played by bank money and capital accumulation. An international team of contributors reappraise analyses of the inflation and unemployment developed by Marshall, Keynes and Robertson. This volume is published in association with the Centre for the Study of Banking in Switzerland.


Book cover of Modern Theories of Money: The Nature and Role of Money in Capitalist Economies

Alvaro Cencini Why did I love this book?

I recommend this book to any reader interested in the possible cross-fertilization between diverse heterodox traditions in the study of money.

Bringing together perspectives from post-Keynesians, Circuitists, and the Firbourg-Dijon School, the book continues the tradition of Keynes’s and Kalecki’s analysis of a monetary production economy, emphasizing the similarities between the various approaches, and expanding the analytical breadth of the theory of endogenous money.

The authors aim to open new avenues of monetary research and fuel renewed interest in the nature and role of money in capitalist economies.

By Louis-Philippe Rochon (editor), Sergio Rossi (editor),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Modern Theories of Money as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This book unites diverse heterodox traditions in the study of endogenous money - which until now have been confined to their own academic quarters - and explores their similarities and differences from both sides of the Atlantic.

Bringing together perspectives from post-Keynesians, Circuitists and the Dijon School, the book continues the tradition of Keynes's and Kalecki's analysis of a monetary production economy, emphasising the similarities between the various approaches, and expanding the analytical breadth of the theory of endogenous money. The authors open new avenues for monetary research in order to fuel a renewed interest in the nature and role…


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