I am tied up for most of today with travelling (from Valencia) to Madrid and then commitments there before flying back to Australia. I will write something more about Spain when I collect my thoughts. The upcoming national election on June 26 this year after the first election (December 20, 2015) failed to consolidate a government, is shaping up to be a very interesting outcome. Last Monday, Podemos and the United Left (IU) coalition (involving many organisations) signed off on a formal alliance to run a list together in the election. It is anticipated that this coalition will have a strong chance of winning power. The leader of IU Alberto Garzón, the head of IU, wrote the forward to the Spanish translation of my book – La Distopía del Euro (with his brother Eduardo). I am meeting with Alberto in Madrid today to discuss various policy issues. The agreement that this coalition has signed – Cambiar España: 50 pasos para gobernar juntos – has some disturbing aspects, which I hope to discuss with Alberto at our meeting. I also have a dialogue going with economists in Podemos at the moment, which I hope will lead to a shift from their pro-Euro position. The trip to Spain has been quite interesting as you might imagine. The blog will resume as usual on Monday with me back in Australia. But in this blog I have a video of one of the seven talks I have given in Spain over the last week.
Here is the first talk I gave in the lecture tour over the last 2 weeks. This presentation was held at the UNESCO centre in Madrid on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
The talk was aided with a Spanish interpreter, which not only leads to a longer presentation but also takes a bit of getting used to in terms of delivery because one cannot say too much in each sound bite. So it might come over as a bit stilted. It certainly felt that way.
The Spanish introductions end at around the 25 minute mark whereupon my formal presentation began (if you want to skip to there).
Final Spanish Speaking Event, May 12, 2016
My final presentation is on Thursday evening (May 12, 2016) in Madrid.
I have been promoting the Spanish translation of my current book – Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale (published in English May 2015).
You can purchase the Spanish version of the book – La Distopía del Euro – for 27.54 euros from Amazon.
Details for tonight’s event are in the flyer to follow.
Modern Monetary Theory and Practice: an Introductory Text
The KINDLE edition is now out – Details – or through the relevant Kindle store for your currency (you can search for the relevant link).
The first version of our MMT textbook – Modern Monetary Theory and Practice: an Introductory Text – was published on March 10, 2016 and is authored by myself, Randy Wray and Martin Watts.
It is available for purchase at:
1. Amazon.com (US 60 dollars)
2. Amazon.co.uk (£42.00)
3. Amazon Europe Portal (€58.85)
4. Create Space Portal (US60 dollars)
By way of explanation, this edition contains 15 Chapters and is designed as an introductory textbook for university-level macroeconomics students.
It is based on the principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and includes the following detailed chapters:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: How to Think and Do Macroeconomics
Chapter 3: A Brief Overview of the Economic History and the Rise of Capitalism
Chapter 4: The System of National Income and Product Accounts
Chapter 5: Sectoral Accounting and the Flow of Funds
Chapter 6: Introduction to Sovereign Currency: The Government and its Money
Chapter 7: The Real Expenditure Model
Chapter 8: Introduction to Aggregate Supply
Chapter 9: Labour Market Concepts and Measurement
Chapter 10: Money and Banking
Chapter 11: Unemployment and Inflation
Chapter 12: Full Employment Policy
Chapter 13: Introduction to Monetary and Fiscal Policy Operations
Chapter 14: Fiscal Policy in Sovereign nations
Chapter 15: Monetary Policy in Sovereign Nations
It is intended as an introductory course in macroeconomics and the narrative is accessible to students of all backgrounds. All mathematical and advanced material appears in separate Appendices.
Note: We are soon to finalise a sister edition, which will cover both the introductory and intermediate years of university-level macroeconomics (first and second years of study).
The sister edition will contain an additional 10 Chapters and include a lot more advanced material as well as the same material presented in this Introductory text.
We expect the expanded version to be available around June or July 2016.
So when considering whether you want to purchase this book you might want to consider how much knowledge you desire. The current book, released today, covers a very detailed introductory macroeconomics course based on MMT.
It will provide a very thorough grounding for anyone who desires a comprehensive introduction to the field of study.
The next expanded edition will introduce advanced topics and more detailed analysis of the topics already presented in the introductory book.
That is enough for today!
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