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Much Better Than All The QE In The World

April 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Much Better Than All The QE In The World

Years of quantitative easing and what do advanced countries have to show for it? Not a whole lot. A much better alternative was staring us in the face all the time, fiscal policy. Both theory and now also empirics show that would have worked much better, is it too late? Much Better Than All The […]

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We Actually Do Know What Works

February 14th, 2015 · Comments Off on We Actually Do Know What Works

There is much frettening about what are often called unprecedented expansionary policies. While these policies do have risks and drawbacks, historical evidence strongly suggests that they work under conditions similar to what many economies experienced in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Conceptually, it’s also not terribly difficult to explain why these policies work, […]

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Right-Wing Keynesianism?

January 22nd, 2015 · Comments Off on Right-Wing Keynesianism?

Many on the political right associate Keynesianism with big government and loose monetary policies. This is unfortunate, as Keynesianism offers a good framework for analysis of an economy suffering from general demand deficiencies. This framework has been very accurate in describing the post 2008 economic situation. And perceived “left-wing” solutions aren’t written in stone, solutions […]

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Keynesian versus supply-side economics

August 25th, 2014 · Comments Off on Keynesian versus supply-side economics

In the battle of economic ideas, one that has been raging for nearly four decades is that between supply-siders and Keynesians. While we think some supply-side measures can be useful, one really has to be specific as to the kind of measures and expected effects, it’s all in the details. A general supply-side approach seems […]

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Tags: Economic Policy · Economics

Do We Need Permanent Public Deficits If Larry Summers Is Right? – Seeking Alpha

December 5th, 2013 · Comments Off on Do We Need Permanent Public Deficits If Larry Summers Is Right? – Seeking Alpha

If Larry Summer’s thesis of the secular stagnation is correct and we certainly believe he’s onto something, then perhaps the economy, in order to escape the deflationary forces that, if unchecked, could run havoc on the economy, can escape by permanent stimulus. via Do We Need Permanent Public Deficits If Larry Summers Is Right? – […]

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Self-defeating austerity?

June 16th, 2013 · Comments Off on Self-defeating austerity?

Their argument is that in the current environment of near-zero interest rates, fiscal deficits are unusually cheap to finance and monetary policy is not going to move to offset much (if any) of the effects of fiscal policy on the economy. Under these conditions, it is indeed possible that austerity today may reduce future tax […]

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Tags: Balance sheet recession · Fiscal policy

No economic growth in the Netherlands for seven years

June 15th, 2013 · Comments Off on No economic growth in the Netherlands for seven years

Top economists Rick van der Ploeg en former minister Willem Vermeend argue that the Netherlands hasn’t grown in seven years and this is unprecedented. They blame the 46 billion euro in austerity and the lack of any structural reforms to increase growth. With 8 billion moreĀ  planned austerity measures planned, the prognosticated 1% growth for […]

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Tags: Economy · Fiscal policy

BBC News – IMF: US budget cuts ‘ill-designed’

June 14th, 2013 · Comments Off on BBC News – IMF: US budget cuts ‘ill-designed’

IMF: US budget cuts ‘ill-designed’ The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the US to repeal the huge federal budget cuts introduced this year, denouncing them as “excessively rapid and ill-designed”. via BBC News – IMF: US budget cuts ‘ill-designed’.

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Tags: Fiscal policy

The Austerity Deniers – Seeking Alpha

June 6th, 2013 · Comments Off on The Austerity Deniers – Seeking Alpha

At heart, the Keynesian analysis is remarkably simple. The private sector suffered large losses in wealth due to the housing crash. As a result, it reduced borrowing and spending and increased savings (or were forced to do this by creditors). The problem is that on the level of the economy as a whole, where my […]

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Tags: Economic Policy · Fiscal policy

That disappearing deficit..

May 13th, 2013 · Comments Off on That disappearing deficit..

International Monetary Fund figures show the US budget deficit peaked at more than 13 per cent of gross domestic product in 2009. According to the latest estimates from Goldman Sachs, it was running at only 4.5 per cent of GDP in the first quarter of 2013. via That disappearing deficit…

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Tags: Fiscal policy