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U.S. Needs More Inflation to Speed Recovery, Say Mankiw, Rogoff

Posted by smeddum on May 20, 2009

By Rich Miller

May 19 (Bloomberg) — What the U.S. economy may need is a dose of good old-fashioned inflation.

So say economists including Gregory Mankiw, former White House adviser, and Kenneth Rogoff, who was chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. They argue that a looser rein on inflation would make it easier for debt-strapped consumers and governments to meet their obligations. It might also help the economy by encouraging Americans to spend now rather than later when prices go up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Off the scales

Posted by seumasach on March 7, 2009

“Today’s unparalleled expansion of federal debt and obligations is being dressed up as textbook “Keynesian”. It’s rather obvious that we are in dire need of some new books, curricula and economic doctrines. But from a political perspective, the title is appropriate enough. From an analytical framework perspective such policymaking is more accurately labeled “inflationism” – a desperate attempt to prop inflated asset prices, incomes, business revenues, government receipts, and economic “output”. There have been many comparable sordid episodes throughout history, and I am not aware of any positive outcomes.”

Doug Noland

Asia Times

3rd March, 2009

Bloomberg’s Mark Pittman and Bob Ivrya reported last Tuesday: ” … the US government has pledged more than US$11.6 trillion on behalf of American taxpayers over the past 19 months, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Changes from the previous table, published February 9, include a $787 billion economic stimulus package. The Federal Reserve has new lending commitments totaling $1.8 trillion. It expanded the Term Asset-Backed Lending Facility, or TALF, by $800 billion to $1 trillion and announced a $1 trillion Public-Private Investment Fund to buy troubled assets from banks. The US Treasury also added $200 billion to its support commitment for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac … ”

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