The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Brunner, Karl (1916–1989)

  • Allan H. Meltzer
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Karl Brunner’s scholarly contributions are in three areas, namely, monetary and macroeconomics, methodology and its application to cognitive science, and social, political, and institutional analysis. Brunner founded three major journals and organized many conferences, including the Konstanz Seminar in Germany and the Carnegie-Rochester Conference in the United States, which remain current in 2007. Laidler (1991) contains a more complete discussion of Brunner’s contributions, and I have relied heavily on his paper. Brunner’s own discussion of his intellectual and personal odyssey is in Brunner (1988). I was involved as co-author in much of the work on monetary economics, but I choose to use the pronouns ‘he’ and ‘his’ for this article.


Aggregate demand Brunner, K. Information costs Interest rate Macroeconomic theory Monetarism Monetary theory Money Money supply Patinkin, D. Shocks Stocks and flows Transaction costs Uncertainty 

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  1. Laidler, D. 1991. Karl Brunner’s monetary economics: An appreciation. Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking 23: 633–658.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • Allan H. Meltzer
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