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Paul Krugman puts the IMF straight (and it is not what you think!)
Belka-gate - the Polish version of the Sumner Critique?

Belka-gate - the Polish version of the Sumner Critique?

A key Market Monetarist insight (it is New Keynesian insight as well...) is that budget multiplier is zero if the central bank says it is so. Or rather it the central bank targets inflation, the price level or nominal GDP then the central and will offset any shock - positive or negative - to nominal spending (aggregate demand) from changes in fiscal policy.

An economist's take on Brazil-Croatia - completely as expected

An economist's take on Brazil-Croatia - completely as expected

I just watched the opening match of the football World Cup between Brazil and Croatia. The model I helped develop with my colleagues in Danske Bank forecasted that Brazil would win by two goals. The model turned out to be right - Brazil won 3-1.

Scott Sumner will be in London next week

Scott Sumner will be in London next week

This is from the Adam Smith Institute:

Celebrating Robert Hetzel at 70

Celebrating Robert Hetzel at 70

Scott Sumner once wrote  "I’ll die a happy man if my gravestone reads: Scott Sumner:  Devoted his life to blogging on Hetzelian ideas." I think that is pretty telling of the importance of Robert Hetzel's influence on the thinking of Market Monetarists like Scott Sumner, Marcus Nunes and myself.

Money and credit confused...again, again and again

Money and credit confused...again, again and again

The debate over the latest policy actions from the ECB has once again reminded me about one of the oldest failures in monetary debate - the confusion 0f  money and credit. This has been very visible in the discussion about monetary policy over the past six years both in Europe and the US.

The ECB should give Bob Hetzel a call

The ECB should give Bob Hetzel a call

The ECB is very eager to stress that the monetary transmission mechanism in some way is broken and that the policy measures needed is not quantitative easing, but measures to repair the monetary transmission mechanism.

Giles Wilkes is back!

Giles Wilkes is back!

Here is some good news for the blog readers, but some bad news for the UK government - my friend Giles Wilkes has left the UK government and is now back in the real life and more importantly he is back blogging. I highly recommend to everybody to follow Giles' blog Freethinking Economist - A voice of reason against illiberal nonsense.

"God forbid that our policy should ever work"

"God forbid that our policy should ever work"

This is Mario Draghi at the ECB's press conference yesterday:

The massively negative euro zone 'money gap' (another one graph version)

The massively negative euro zone 'money gap' (another one graph version)

Earlier today I put out post with 'one graph' illustrating just how much behind the curve the ECB is in terms of needed monetary easing. At the core of that blog post was a graph of the 'price gap'. I defined the price gap as the percentage difference between the actual price level (measured with the GDP deflator) and a 2% path.

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