The Failure of the New Economics

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The Failure of the New Economics
First edition
AuthorHenry Hazlitt
CountryUnited States
PublisherVan Nostrand
Publication date
Pages458 pp.

The Failure of the "New Economics" (1959) is a book by Henry Hazlitt offering a detailed critique of John Maynard Keynes' work The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936).


Hazlitt's critical analysis of The General Theory Hazlitt embarked on this project because, in his view, although general critiques of Keynes and The General Theory had been made, no critic had completed a detailed analysis of the work [1]


Editor John Chamberlain[2] reviewed The Failure of the "New Economics" in The Freeman, and in light of its controversial, heterodox nature titled his article, They’ll Never Hear the End of It, writing:[3]

Economist Ludwig von Mises called it "a devastating criticism of the Keynesian doctrines."[4]

Reviewer Joseph McKenna comments that Hazlitt is "grossly unfair" in comparing Keynes' statements of facts to historical events more recent than the General Theory, and that Hazlitt rejects mathematical formulations and aggregation as imperfect, while the question is, "whether the approximation is sufficiently accurate to add anything to our understanding."[5]


  1. ^ The Failure of the "New Economics", pp 4-9
  2. ^ A Reviewer Remembered, The Freeman
  3. ^ A Reviewer's Notebook, The Freeman
  4. ^ A Man for Many Seasons, The Freeman Archived 2010-12-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ McKenna, Joseph P. "Review: The Failure of the New Economics." American Economic Review. Volume 50, No. 1. March 1960. pp. 188–190. JSTOR 1813478

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