A Manifesto For Economic Decline
In the face of a less severe shock, monetary policy could take up the slack. But with interest rates close to zero, monetary policy – while it should do all it can – cannot do the whole job
Cannot do… “the whole job”? It can do just part of “the job”? What is this job? Does monetary policy only work from Monday to Thursday, but takes a long weekend at the beach? Because surely these wise heads cannot be talking about AD management, can they? Is targeting the CPI rate one of these “jobs” for which monetary policy is now only partially capable? It’s all so confusing.
Sure, there is stuff in there which is reasonable, but the whole thing reads like a poorly disguised cry for more deficit spending. But at least they don’t mention Japan, do they, that would surely be foolish.
OH GOD THEY EVEN MENTIONED JAPAN.
Let’s recall how well Japan has done with deficit spending and “impotent” monetary policy. Here are the IMF numbers:
|Year||Nominal GDP||Govt Net Debt to GDP|
I think that counts as “not very well”. Here’s a simpler six word manifesto:
… and here’s the appropriate soundtrack for our demise:
Have a nice decade.
(WIth apologies to Scott and everybody else whose ideas I shamelessly rip off with every post.)