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Just for the fun of it, I googled "Veblen Minsky" together.

Title: A Veblenian View of Minsky's Financial Crisis Theory
Author(s): Patrick R. Kelso, Barry L. Duman
Journal: International Journal of Social Economics
Year: 1992 Volume: 19 Number: 10

Abstract: Compares and contrasts the views of Hyman P. Minsky and Thorstein Veblen concerning the systematic development of financial crises in capitalistic economies. Advances the argument that Minsky and Veblen have both successfully met the challenge of providing a reasonable explanation for the speculative mania and related excesses critical to any theory of cyclical fluctuations. They agree that upturns tend to euphoria and ultimately, over-capitalization and subsequent economic decline. Their rationales differ. Veblen stresses the effects of rising prices on collateral values and argues that the cumulative effect is over valued assets. Minsky seems to emphasize the ever-growing fragility of financial structures. In the view of the authors, this article places Veblen′s contributions in a contemporary setting and ties Minsky more closely to the institutionalists.

Echoes of Veblen's theory of business enterprise in the later development of macroeconomics: Fisher's debt-deflation theory of great depressions and the financial instability theories of Minsky and Tobin

Authors: Robert W. Dimand

Abstract: Irving Fisher's debt-deflation theory of great depressions, first published in 1932 and 1933, was invoked by Hyman Minsky and James Tobin as a crucial precursor of their theories of macroeconomic financial instability. This paper argues that Wesley Mitchell was right to perceive a close intellectual affinity between Fisher's debt-deflation theory and Thorstein Veblen's Theory of Business Enterprise (1904), and that this affinity also exists between Veblen (1904) and the analyses of Minsky and Tobin.

Minsky's Analysis of Financial Capitalism

Authors: Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, L. Randall Wray

Abstract: In this paper, the authors discuss Minsky's analysis of the evolution of one variety of capitalism-financial capitalism-which developed at the end of the nineteenth century and was the dominant form of capitalism in the developed countries after World War II. Minsky's approach, like those of Schumpeter and Veblen, emphasized the importance of market power in this stage of capitalism. According to Minksy, modern capitalism requires expensive and long-lived capital assets, which, in turn, necessitate financing of positions in these assets as well as market power in order to gain access to financial markets. It is the relation between finance and investment that creates instability in the modern capitalist economy. Financial capitalism emerged from World War II with an array of new institutions that made it stronger than ever before. As the economy evolved, it moved from this more successful form of financial capitalism to the fragile form of capitalism that exists today.

[People] have conditions today that resemble those of nearly a century ago that evoked Thorstein Veblen's (1904) observation that capitalism encouraged the pursuit of pecuniary gain at the expense of social provisioning. Not only do corporate managers attempt to please security holders by encouraging regulators to relax environmental standards and by increasing their market power, their ruthless expense cutting has, as described by Minsky and Charles Whalen (1996-97), increased economic insecurity and inequality for most working families.
by das monde on Wed Mar 21st, 2007 at 06:43:25 AM EST

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