Found 385 article(s) in category 'Monetary Policy'

The Trump Deficit

The Trump Deficit. Kenneth Rogoff, January 16, 2017, Opinion, “It is a post-financial-crisis myth that austerity-minded conservative governments always favor fiscal prudence, while redistribution-oriented progressives view large deficits as the world’s biggest free lunch. This simplistic perspective, while perhaps containing a grain of truth, badly misses the true underlying political economy of deficits.Link

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Larry Summers on Public Investment

Larry Summers on Public Investment. Lawrence Summers, January 9, 2017, Video, “Larry Summers, both a former Obama administration White House Economic Council director and secretary of the treasury in the Clinton administration, made remarks on public investments during the Trump administration. He stressed the importance of public investments in transportation, drinking water, and education, and for the need to responsibly finance them. Following his remarks, Ed Glaeser, a Harvard University economics professor, discussed with Mr. Summers the merits and pitfalls of various financing mechanisms to fund infrastructure projects.Link

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The House GOP’s Good Tax Trade-Off

The House GOP’s Good Tax Trade-Off. Martin Feldstein, January 5, 2017, Opinion, “Taxes are one of life’s certainties, and this year so is business tax reform. The tax plan developed by the House Republicans is similar in many ways to President-elect Trump’s plan but has one additional favorable feature—a border tax adjustment that exempts exports and taxes imports. This would give the U.S. the benefit that other countries…Link

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Summers Says Markets Underestimating Risks of Trump Presidency

Summers Says Markets Underestimating Risks of Trump Presidency. Lawrence Summers, January 3, 2017, Video, “Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said investors are being far too sanguine about the risks associated with Donald Trump’s incoming administration. The Harvard professor, a Democrat who was Treasury chief under Bill Clinton, cited the possibility of protectionist measures by the U.S. as well as changes to foreign policy and domestic social policy as issues that are creating “extraordinary uncertainty.”” Link

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Trump’s Tax Plan and the Dollar

Trump’s Tax Plan and the Dollar. Emmanuel Farhi, Gita Gopinath, January 3, 2017, Opinion, “Now that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States and Republicans control both houses of Congress, corporate tax reform is coming to America. The package currently being discussed includes two important features: a cut in the tax rate, from 35% currently to 20% or even 15%; and a “border-adjustment” tax, which is typical of a value-added-tax (VAT) regime, but unusual for corporate taxes.Link

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Assessing Impact Of Demonetisation Remains A Moving Target

Assessing Impact Of Demonetisation Remains A Moving Target. Gita Gopinath, December 23, 2016, Video, “India’s experiment with demonetisation, the largest such exercise ever undertaken, has caught the attention of global economists. From former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who raised questions about how successful the move will be in curbing corruption, to Harvard Professor Kenneth Rogoff, who advised emerging economies not to ‘try this at home.’Link

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Demonetization on Five Continents

Demonetization on Five Continents. Jeffrey Frankel, December 22, 2016, Opinion, “Around the world, several countries are currently undergoing “demonetization,” or currency reforms in which the government removes banknotes of a certain denomination from circulation and replaces them with new notes. Governments pursue demonetization for a variety of reasons, and some of the recent initiatives are going better than others.Link

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The Destructive Power of Inflation

The Destructive Power of Inflation. Martin Feldstein, December 22, 2016, Opinion, “When I was in Argentina last week, I was reminded of the devastating power of high inflation. Argentina’s annual inflation rate is now about 20%, down from an estimated rate of about 40% last year. The central bank is struggling to keep the economy on a disinflationary path, with a goal of achieving a 5% rate three years from now.Link

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Dominant Currency Paradigm

Dominant Currency Paradigm. Gita Gopinath, December 2016, Paper, “Most trade is invoiced in very few currencies. Despite this, the Mundell-Fleming benchmark and its variants focus on pricing in the producer’s currency or in local currency. We model instead a ‘dominant currency paradigm’ for small open economies characterized by three features: pricing in a dominant currency; pricing complementarities, and imported input use in production. Under this paradigm: (a) terms of trade are stable; (b) dominant currency exchange rate pass-through into export and import prices is high regardless of destination or origin of goods; (c) exchange rate pass-through of non-dominant currencies is small; (d) expenditure switching occurs mostly via imports and export expansions following depreciations are weak. Using merged firm level and customs data from Colombia we document strong support for the dominant currency paradigm and reject the alternatives of producer currency and local currency pricing.Link

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