Professor of Economics
Joined Connecticut College: 1984
A.B., Franklin and Marshall College; Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook
Professor McKenna's work lies at the intersection of economics and philosophy. He is particularly interested in the relationship between philosophical conceptions of justice and fairness and economic theories that explain the distribution of income. John Rawls and Charles Taylor in philosophy and Sidney Weintraub in economics have provided the framework in which he works.
His other major area of interest concerns the economic causes of inflation and unemployment. He characterizes his work as Post Keynesian, and has been primarily concerned with demonstrating that increasing quantities of money are the result, rather than the cause, of inflation. This area of research is referred to as the theory of endogenous money supply.
Professor McKenna teaches Introductory and Intermediate Macroeconomics courses; Culture, Values and Economics; Econometrics I and II, and a Seminar on Theories of Inflation and Unemployment.
His most recent publication is a co-authored article (with Diane Zannoni), "The Right to a Job: a Post Keynesian Perspective," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Summer 2007, Vol. 29, No. 4 PP, 557-574.
Professor McKenna serves as a referee for papers submitted to both the Cambridge Journal of Post Keynesian Economics and Eastern Economic Journal.
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"Justice should, though it does not, lie at the core of the discipline of economics."