The credit crisis and ensuing sovereign crisis powerfully illustrate the limitations of traditional macroeconomic policies to contain financial imbalances. Despite debate on the desirability to dampen credit cycles and asset-price fluctuations, countries have long been reluctant to include this in policy objectives.
Unity in diversity: Protecting the common market with divergent macroprudential policies
Aerdt Houben, Jan Kakes, 30 July 2013
Why economics needs economic history
Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke, 24 July 2013
The current economic and financial crisis has given rise to a vigorous debate about the state of economics, and the training which graduate and undergraduates economics students are receiving. Importantly, among those arguing most strongly for a change in the way that young economists are trained are the ultimate employers of these students, in both the private and the public sector.
How to limit the ECB’s OMT?
Harald Benink, Harry Huizinga, 12 July 2013
Speaking about the Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) facility during a recent press conference Mario Draghi, ECB President, said that “frankly, when you look at the data, it’s really very hard not to state that OMT has been probably the most successful monetary policy measure undertaken in recent times” (Draghi 2013).
Short-time work: Does it save jobs?
Almut Balleer, Britta Gehrke, Wolfgang Lechthaler, Christian Merkl, 12 July 2013
Short-time work means that the government subsidises the reduction of the working time of an employee to prevent firing. Many countries allow a firm to use this instrument when the demand for its products is lower than its production potential. Since more firms face a shortfall of demand in recessions, there is a rule-based component of short-time work.
The impact on the financial sector of long-term low nominal interest rates
Viral Acharya, Richard Portes, Richard Reid, 3 July 2013
The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) recently organised a conference at the Brewers’ Hall, London, on 10 June 2013 titled ‘A long-term environment of low nominal interest rates: what are the consequences for the financial sector’?
Redistribution policies at the root of the Eurozone Crisis
Giuseppe Bertola, 28 June 2013
Not only the founding fathers of the EU, but also financial market participants appear to have believed that participation in common markets and adoption of common institutions should lead to cultural and economic convergence.
Financial imbalances and cycles: Do they matter for the general public?
Livio Stracca, 25 June 2013
Boom and busts in asset prices and credit and, more generally, ‘financial imbalances’ have been the subject of a lot of public attention in the wake of the global financial crisis and the Eurozone crisis.
Spillovers: Why macro-fiscal policy should be coordinated in economic unions
Gerald A. Carlino, Robert P Inman, 24 June 2013
The recent Great Recession in the US and Europe has generated renewed interest in the management of macro-stabilisation fiscal policy in economic unions. The received wisdom among economists is that such fiscal policies can only be managed efficiently by an overarching central government. Oates, in his classic treatise on fiscal federalism, concludes:
The roots of the Italian stagnation
Paolo Manasse, 19 June 2013
Italy is currently facing its worst recession in recent history, having lost about 8.5% of GDP between 2007 and 2013. The current situation is, to a large extent, the result of the Eurozone crisis and of the tough fiscal-austerity measures introduced across Europe, and particularly in Italy.
The wisdom of Karlsruhe: The OMT Court case should be dismissed
Francesco Giavazzi, Richard Portes, Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Charles Wyplosz, 12 June 2013
This week the German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe is considering a case in which the plaintiffs oppose the Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) programme announced last September by the ECB. The court will consider whether the ECB overstepped its mandate and thus imposed undue risks on German taxpayers.
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