Making Sense of the Aggregate Demand-Supply Model


Amit Bhaduri, Kazimierz Laski and M. Riese

wiiw Working Paper No. 5, March 1995
16 pages including 4 Figures

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This paper questions the validity of using the aggregate demand (AD) and aggregate supply (AS) framework for analysing macroeconomic issues. AD derived from the Keynesian income-expenditure approach cannot be reconciled logically with AS derived from the profit maximization postulate in out-of-equilibrium positions. The paper shows two routes to achieving consistency, either by taking recourse to Kalecki's work or by entirely reformulating the analysis along neo-classical lines. Using these two polar cases, it reinterprets the model underlying Keynes' General Theory and modern disequilibrium analysis based on "rationing".


Keywords: Aggregate demand (AD), aggregate supply (AS), incompatibility of AD/AS, consistent AD/AS reformulations, profit maximization and multiplier analysis, disequilibrium theory and short side of the market