His successor, Lyndon B.
He also served as an economic adviser to the United States government. As he explained clearly in Foundations, he did not believe that macroeconomic problems could be analysed in terms of maximisation.
Newsletter Sign Up Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box. Samuelson maintains that "[e]very science is based squarely on induction — on observation of empirical facts.
In the previous displayed quotation, Samuelson sought to distance the theory of income determination from Keynesianism. And its mistakes were beauties. It culminated in Walrasian general equilibrium. The theorem provided the intellectual scaffold for opponents of free trade.
There were no grounds for confidence about the normal level of peacetime activity. Samuelson was both a serious technical wonk and a populist about the field of economics, digging into such dense research topics as consumer theory, modern welfare economicslinear programming, Keynesian economicseconomic dynamics, international trade theory, logic choice and maximization, while also co-authoring with Milton Friedman a column on economic issues for Newsweek magazine.
And he came to believe that governments have a role to play in improving social welfare.