Scandal: Milei plagiarized a Conicet researcher in his new book

President Javier Milei’s new book, “Capitalism, socialism and the neoclassical trap,” has plagiarism. And not only is it not the first time that he has done it, but on this occasion he went a step further: now he has come to copy fragments from a Conicet researcherthe same organization that his government seems determined to close.

It seems like a coincidence, but it was at this time of year, but in 2022, when NOTICIAS discovered that his book “Pandenómics” contained verbatim copies of six different authors, one of whom filed a legal complaint against him. The new theft updates this investigation and puts the focus back on two central concerns: calls into question the honorability of the President -Plagiarism is a crime defined in the Intellectual Property Law and, although it is rarely carried out, article 172 of the Penal Code establishes penalties of one month to six years in prison- and also their intellectual capacity when executing economic policies, in a context of a very severe adjustment. But none of all this stops Milei, the master of copy paste.


Towards the end of his new work, the President combined presumably genuine content with some rehashed passages of texts from his other books: so far everything is normal, although It is striking that the first 105 pages are recordings of his speeches. (like the one he gave on the day of the opening of sessions in Congress, which can be found on any website), which are reproduced verbatim. The latter is not a way of saying: one of the speeches is the day he was given the symbolic doctorate at the Alberto Benegas Lynch school and there Unusual fragments appear, such as that of a presenter who asks that “please turn off your cell phones” and who then names some of those present (page 15).

But on page 265 of the more than 300 pages in the book, Milei explains that “in real cycle models, fluctuations in aggregate production and employment are not manifestations of coordination failures in the markets or price rigidities.” , but the natural result of a competitive economy in equilibrium, in which rational individuals make optimal intertemporal resource allocation decisions in response to stochastic disturbances (with uncertainty) in the production function. There is, therefore, no place for stabilization policies, which will be suboptimal, because the allocations that are reached spontaneously, even with unemployment, are Pareto-efficient.” The same thing that can be read in the 2007 book of essays “Economic Theories on the Labor Market II: Neoclassicals and New Keynesians”published by the Fondo de Cultura Económica and written by authors Julieta Albano, Ramiro López Ghio, Pablo E. Pérez, Julieta Salas, and Fernando Toledo, and directed by economist Julio César Neffa. All of them are researchers or collaborators of Conicet, the scientific organization that the Government first threatened to close, also to privatize and finally to reorganize. The plagiarism in question is the essay “The theory of the real business cycle and its interpretation on the labor market”, included in the book and whose author is the economist Fernando Toledo.

Then, when the President comes talking about the quantitative theory of money and explains the postulates of the authors Fisher and Pigou, that is where the second plagiarism appears, about the work “Demand for money: Theory, evidence, results”, written in 2000 by Verónica Mies and Raimundo Soto, both associate professors at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. But it was not just a paragraph, but around ten, spread between page 330 and 337. “The very existence of money as a means of intertemporal reserve of value is difficult to justify, considering that there are other assets that can perform a similar function, but that could also benefit individuals with a nominal return greater than zero. Furthermore, agents accept money even when its purchasing power in the future is uncertain, which raises the question of why consumers would want a risky asset, whose nominal return is zero and the real return is usually negative,” says one of the copied paragraphs, and is just an example of what can be read in both texts.

Third, there are several paragraphs, between page 353 and 357, that They appear almost verbatim in different files on the Studocu page, which according to its description “is where more than 70 million students love to access more than 35 million of the best study documents in the world.” These are notes, without name or author, from different courses from different universities, aimed at allowing students to clear their doubts. Something like the page “Rincón del Vago”but American version.

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