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NGDP targeting is not about ”stimulus”

NGDP targeting is not about ”stimulus”

Market Monetarists are often misunderstood to think that monetary policy should “stimulate” growth and that monetary policy is like a joystick that can be used to fine-tune the economic development. Our view is in fact rather the opposite. Most Market Monetarists believe that the economy should be left to its own devises and that the more policy makers stay out of the “game” the better as we in general believe that the market rather than governments ensure the most efficient allocation of resources.

Fear, hope, doubt and resignation

Fear, hope, doubt and resignation

Sunday October 9:

Nick, Chuck and the central banks

Nick, Chuck and the central banks

Here is Nick Rowe on central banks and Chuck Norris. If you don't understand Chuck you don't understand central banks.

Gold, France and book recommendations

Gold, France and book recommendations

Can you recommend a book that you haven’t read yet? I am not sure, but I will do it anyway. I believe we can learn a lot from the Great Depression and I am especially preoccupied with the international monetary consequences and causes of the Great Depression.

“…political news kept slipping into the financial section”

“…political news kept slipping into the financial section”

As global stock markets once again takes another downturn on the back of renewed European worries I am reminded about a great blog post Scott Sumner wrote a couple a months ago about his studies of the Great Depression.

Sexy new model could shed light on the Great Recession

Sexy new model could shed light on the Great Recession

Market Monetarists like myself claim that the Great Recession mostly was caused by the fact that the Federal Reserve and other central banks failed to meet a sharp increase in the demand for dollars. Hence, what we saw is what David Beckworth has termed a “passive” tightening of monetary policy.

Chuck Norris on monetary policy #1

Chuck Norris on monetary policy #1

In the coming time I will pay tribute to the great Chuck Norris by analyzing the monetary policy implications of some well-known facts and quotes from the great hero. These "facts" all come from www.chucknorrisfacts.com

Japan’s deflation story is not really a horror story

Japan’s deflation story is not really a horror story

Many economists – including some Market Monetarists – tell the story about Japan’s economy as a true horror story and there is no doubt that Japan’s growth story for more than 15 years has not been too impressive – and it has certainly not been great to have been invested in Japanese stocks over last decade.

 ”Recessions are always and everywhere a monetary phenomena”

”Recessions are always and everywhere a monetary phenomena”

At the core of Market Monetarist thinking, as in traditional monetarism, is the maxim that “money matters”. Hence, Market Monetarists share the view that inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon. However, it should also be noted that the focus of Market Monetarists has not been as much on inflation (risks) as on the cause of recession, as the starting point for the school has been the outbreak of the Great Recession.

Gustav Cassel on recessions

Gustav Cassel on recessions

Swedish economist Gustav Cassel (1866-1945) had many views today is shared by Market Monetarism. I today was reminded by a Cassel quote that pretty much spells out the Market Monetarist view of the causes of recessions:

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