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What strongly suboptimal fiscal policy means for the inflation target and monetary policy

Brad DeLong, professor of economics | August 8, 2015

Over at Equitable Growth: Jared Bernstein: Optimal Fiscal Policy: “I testified in the House Budget Committee this AM… …[with Ryan Silvey from Missouri, John B. Taylor from Stanford, and Chris Edwards from Cato], and have many excellent war stories to share. But no time to do so now… Well! Jared, where are the war stories? We … Continue reading »

Innocent Bystanders? Monetary Policy and Inequality in the U.S.

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, associate professor of economics | October 28, 2014

Recent popular demonstrations such as the Occupy Wall Street movement have made it clear that the high levels of inequality in the United States remain a pressing concern for many. While protesters have primarily focused their ire on private financial institutions, the Federal Reserve (Fed) has also been one of their primary targets. The prevalence … Continue reading »

The Brazilian election and Central Bank independence

Carola Conces Binder, Ph.D. candidate, economics | September 27, 2014

Brazilians will head to the polls on Oct. 5 to vote in a tight presidential race. President Dilma Rousseff’s leading challenger is Socialist Party candidate Marina Silva. A key component of Silva’s economic platform is her support for a more independent central bank. Central bank independence, long a topic of interest to economists, is now capturing wide … Continue reading »

Fiscal policy issues in the United States

Brad DeLong, professor of economics | September 12, 2013

At the end of the 2008, the seriousness of the financial crisis and the resulting collapse in production and employment coupled with the Federal Reserve’s exhaustion of its traditional monetary policy-management took, the open-market operation, raised the possibility that the U.S. government should consider using activist expansionary fiscal policy as a stabilization-policy tool. Doubters offered … Continue reading »

Diversity in economics

Carola Conces Binder, Ph.D. candidate, economics | August 22, 2013

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, in an interview earlier this month, pointed out that there are no women on the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). There also happen to be no female ministers in the Treasury. Carney suggested, “What we have to do at the Bank of England is grow top female economists all the … Continue reading »

Overheating and the Fed

Carola Conces Binder, Ph.D. candidate, economics | February 7, 2013

Governor Jeremy Stein of the St. Louis Federal Reserve gave a speech on February 7 called “Overheating in Credit Markets: Origins, Measurement, and Policy Responses.” Overheating is a term he uses to describe a credit market with low interest rates, lax lending standards, and high risk-taking by investors “reaching for yield.” The problem with overheating is that … Continue reading »