PDF | The theoretical analysis of Japan’s liquidity trap is developed by I think it is clear from the highlighted sections that Krugman is arguing. Must-Read: One thing that I find very interesting about Paul Krugman’s analysis of the liquidity trap and fiscal policy back in is how very. But I gather that some readers are confused – haven’t I been arguing that monetary policy is ineffective in a liquidity trap? The brief answer is.

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It wages wars with the same intensity as any other system before.

If you doubt this please explain to me how Blair and Mandleson got so rich whilst engaged in public service? Thw Origin of the Liquidity-Trap Concept In the popular framework of thinking that originates from the writings of John Maynard Keynes, economic activity presented in terms of a circular flow of money.

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Note that the essence of lending is real savings and not money as such. Further research by Tim Congdon is available here. The shrinking pool of real savings exposes the commonly accepted fallacy that the loose monetary policy of the central bank can grow the economy. It is the system that has failed the general population liqjidity and over again and filled the pockets of the systems controllers.

From Ancient Greece to modern day Iran, sanctions have a history of failure. What is required in this case is not to generate more inflation but the exact opposite.

Dear Tim, You are right that the financial system is very different from the one Lord Keynes was analysing. Of course, banks are buying a great deal of bonds and driving down the price but these are overwhelmingly government bonds.

Investors fear that the next move in bond yields may be upwards, which would give them a capital loss. But all the great economic classical theorists from Petty to Smith and Ricardo were analysing a system that was emerging from feudalism and were clear on its differences.

Therefore, once an individual spends less, this worsens the situation of some other individual, who in turn also cuts his spending. And I do agree with him. There is no clear connection between Capitalism and science, so you cannot say, that capitalism saves lives or helps us to get better drugs or computers. This second interpretation resembles the problem of being trapped in the Euro Zone, and willingly so, because the Euro is probably as much a fetish today as gold was then. Observe that in the popular — i.


What a lot of cobblers. Setting a higher inflation target, as suggested by Krugman, will only weaken the pool of real savings further and will guarantee that the economy will stay in a depressed state for a prolonged time. Capitalism has failed the population!! Who knows what he would say if he were alive today. What we have now is not enough capitalism — that is we have seen our personal and economic freedom sequestered by self — aggrandising entitlement seeking bureaucrats and their cronyistic political arriviste masters.

Trouble erupts, however, when, on account of loose monetary and fiscal policies, a structure of production emerges that ties up much more consumer goods than the amount it releases. However, few people now read The General Theory with the care and attention that it demands, and the original meaning of the liquidity trap has been diluted almost to vanishing point.

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Add liquidiry to start They would tend to drop us further in. Keynes argued that investors balance money and fixed-interest bonds in their portfolios, and that in certain circumstances liuidity balancing could have perverse results for the wider economy. To me, capitalism has delivered material well-being. As a result, people’s demand for money will become extremely high, implying that people would hoard money and refuse to spend it no matter how much the central bank tries to expand the money supply.

A common allegation is that banking is particularly unsatisfactory and needs far-reaching reform of some kind or other. That is my view.

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In the form suggested by Krugman, his so-called liquidity trap does not invalidate monetary policy because monetary policy can still be effective using instruments other than short-term interest rates. Slight problem in three years when it all has to be refinanced from the real world. He therefore claimed that increases in the quantity of money, which the state could engineer by means of open market operations, were a sufficient answer to the high unemployment then prevailing.


Obviously, this is not a realistic proposition, given the fact that people require goods to support their lives and well-being. Unless you are trying to claim that free market capitalism is the natural state of man. In which case it was an invention of man. Saving is the first step on the way toward improvement of material well-being and toward every further progress on this way.

Except that Brazil has had a social democratic government for most of the past 20 years. Also, if Interbank rates are near Zero, there is no financial reward for banks to lend to their peers and the interbank market ceases to work or exist. In the form suggested by Keynes the liquidity trap does not exist today.

Also, note that without an expanding pool of real savings any expansion of bank lending is going to lift banks’ nonperforming assets.

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What we are currently experiencing is Corporatism, a very different beast indeed. He was awarded the CBE for services to economic debate in A single exam board might seem a tidy solution, but further rationalisation of exams provision should be avoided.

The Scando chap over at the ASI who recently wrote that everything in the past 20 years was good and wonderful under capitalism used an example from Brazil to illustrate his fantasy.

Congdon wants to print more money. As opposed to ths the other systems so far tried, Fuedalism, Socialism, Communismtheocracyand fascism which as we all know are far more successful.