James Crotty (economist)

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James R. Crotty
Born (1940-12-26) December 26, 1940 (age 79)
NationalityUnited States
InstitutionUMass Amherst
Fieldheterodox economics, macroeconomics[1]
School or
Post Keynesian economics, Marxian economics
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
InfluencesKarl Marx
John Maynard Keynes

James R. Crotty is an American Post-Keynesian macroeconomist whose research in theory and policy attempts to integrate the complementary analytical strengths of the Marxian and Keynesian traditions. He has made contributions to the social structure of accumulation (SSA) theory; the implications of radical uncertainty for macro theory and theories of financial markets.


Crotty got a degree from Fordham University in 1961 and masters from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1963. Crotty received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1973.[2]


Crotty did Economist and Operations Research Analyst at Mellon National Bank and Trust Company from 1963 to 1966. He was assistant professor at State University of New York at Buffalo and Bucknell University between 1966–72 and 1972-74 respectively. After teaching at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York for a while joined the Economics Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst. In June 1974, he became an assistant professor at UMass Amherst. He has held various positions at the university since, apart from a gap between 1977 and 1981. Crotty become professor emeritus at the institution in June 2010.[1][2]


His heterodox analysis of and approach to current economic issues at the global and U.S. scale have provided a dissenting voice in a world heavily dominated by neo-classical and neo-liberal economics.[citation needed]

Recently, Crotty has focused on the political economy of Korea and continues his research on the structure and performance of the global neoliberal economy, the impact of neoliberal globalization on developed and developing economies.[citation needed]

In 2016, he told Institute for New Economic Thinking that Keynes has been misrepresented stating, "When Keynes ended the General Theory with a call for "a more or less comprehensive socialization of investment" and the "euthanasia of the rentier," it wasn't a tossed-off provocation, but a summary of a serious political program developed over decades."[3]


His writings have appeared in social science journals such as Monthly Review,[4] the American Economic Review, the Review of Radical Political Economics, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, the Journal of Economic Issues, and in many edited collections.

In 2014, Salon magazine used Crotty and Gerald Epstein's research on an article on how in 2006 Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns made the majority of their profits on 'casino' activities. [5]

Selected works[edit]


  • Avoiding another meltdown, with Gerald Epstein, (2009)[6]


  • How big is too big? On the social efficiency of the financial sector in the United States in Capitalism on Trial, with Gerald Epstein (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013) ISBN 978 1 78100 360 2[7][8]


  1. ^ a b "James R. Crotty".
  2. ^ a b "James R. Crotty".
  3. ^ "James Crotty and the Responsibilities of the Heterodox".
  4. ^ Theory, John Bellamy Foster Topics: Economic; History; Economy, Political; Global, Stagnation Places (1 April 2013). "Marx, Kalecki, and Socialist Strategy".
  5. ^ Leopold, Les. "Equation for a healthy economy: Take Wall Street and make it much smaller".
  6. ^ Press, Berkeley Electronic. "SelectedWorks - James Crotty".
  7. ^ "Capitalism on Trial".
  8. ^ Epstein, Gerald; Crotty, James (1 January 2013). "How big is too big? On the social efficiency of the financial sector in the United States" – via RePEc - IDEAS.
  9. ^ AWL (4 February 2016). "The world economy since 2008".
  10. ^ others, The Zen Cart™ Team and. "Rethinking Marxism [0936756128] - $14.95 : Zen Cart!, The Art of E-commerce".

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