Editor’s note: This is the fourth of four columns sharing reflections on the recent IMF conference “Rethinking Macro Policy II: First Steps and Early Lessons”.
The lessons of the North Atlantic crisis for economic theory and policy
Joseph Stiglitz, 9 May 2013
Preventing the next catastrophe: Where do we stand?
David Romer, 9 May 2013
Editor’s note: This is the third of four columns sharing reflections on the recent IMF conference “Rethinking Macro Policy II: First Steps and Early Lessons”.
As I listened to the presentations and discussions, I found myself thinking about the conference (IMF 2013) from two perspectives:
Rethinking macroeconomic policy
Olivier Blanchard, 9 May 2013
Editor's note: This is the second of four columns sharing reflections on the recent IMF conference “Rethinking Macro Policy II: First Steps and Early Lessons”.
The cat in the tree and further observations: Rethinking macroeconomic policy
George A. Akerlof, 9 May 2013
Editor's note: This is the first of four columns sharing reflections on the recent IMF conference “Rethinking Macro Policy II: First Steps and Early Lessons”.
Output spillovers from fiscal policy
Alan J Auerbach, Yuriy Gorodnichenko, 10 December 2012
Policymakers seeking to stabilise the economy face many challenges. A recent set of challenges is shocks from abroad. Such shocks can come from many directions: trade channels as during the Great Trade Collapse of 2009; financial linkages as during the 2008 Global Crisis; and capital flows (Crucini et al. 2008).
The Procyclicalists: Fiscal austerity vs. stimulus
Jeffrey Frankel, 7 August 2012
The world is seized by a debate between fiscal austerity and fiscal stimulus. Opponents of austerity worry about contractionary effects on the economy. Opponents of stimulus worry about indebtedness and moral hazard (see Corsetti 2012).
Fiscal spending and growth: More patterns
Céline Carrère, Jaime de Melo, 17 May 2012
As the Eurozone is entering into recession, fiscal policy has moved to centre stage. The extent of austerity has been widely attacked, including by IMF staff (Cottarelli 2012), while the design of fiscal policy, namely expenditure reductions versus tax increases (Alesina and Giavazzi 2012), has also come under scrutiny.
A case for balanced-budget stimulus
Pontus Rendahl, 26 April 2012
With debt-levels hitting record highs and growth running low on steam, European policymakers have found themselves facing a grim dilemma: should government spending be increased at the risk of reawakening the wrath of the sovereign bond markets? Or should austerity instead assume the political mantra with the hope of merely muddling through?
The fiscal stimulus of 2009-10: Trade openness, fiscal space, and exchange-rate adjustment
Yothin Jinjarak, Joshua Aizenman, 30 September 2011
In the first phase of the 2008-09 global crisis, Keynes’ concerns expressed in The World’s Economic Outlook (1932) were taken seriously:
Does fiscal policy matter? Is there a better way to reduce unemployment?
Roger E. A. Farmer , Dmitry Plotnikov, 5 September 2011
Economic theories that lack an independent role for business and consumer confidence have difficulty explaining the cause of financial crises like the Great Depression or the Great Recession (e.g.
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- Fiscal consolidation: At what speed?Blanchard, Leigh
- Public debt and economic growth, one more timePanizza, Presbitero
- Escaping liquidity traps: Lessons from the UK’s 1930s escapeCrafts
- The lessons of the North Atlantic crisis for economic theory and policyStiglitz
- A tale of two depressions: What do the new data tell us? February 2010 updateEichengreen, O’Rourke
- Educated in America: College graduates and high school dropoutsHeckman, LaFontaine
- Eurozone breakup would trigger the mother of all financial crisesEichengreen
- Debt, deleveraging, and the liquidity trap: A new modelKrugman
- Panic-driven austerity in the Eurozone and its implicationsDe Grauwe, Ji
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