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Deflation and Depression: Is There an Empirical Link? Andrew Atkeson, and Patrick J. Kehoe, 2004. Are deflation and depression empirically linked? No, concludes a broad historical study of inflation and real output growth rates. Deflation and depression do seem to have been linked during the 1930s. But in the rest…

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Eugene Fama argues that government bailouts and stimulus plans seem attractive when there are idle resources – when there is unemployment such as in a recession or depression including in the 1930s. Fama counters that: 1. Bailouts and stimulus plans must be financed. 2. If the financing takes the form of additional government debt, the …

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There are many ways to stimulate spending, but monetary policy was the most helpful counter-recession action because it was fast and flexible. There is no other way that so much cash could have been put into the system as fast, and if necessary it can be taken out just as quickly. The cash comes in …

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New Zealand, Australia, and most other economies are small open economies. Any expansion in the budget deficit will drive up the exchange rate because of the higher interest rates. This appreciation of the local currency in response to the capital inflow will make imports cheaper. Any increase in so-called aggregate demand will simply result in an …

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It is ironic that both camps use World War II as evidence that the fiscal policy might work (Keynesian macroeconomics) or it does not work (Barro and Ohanian). The nature of the new spending and how it was financed both matter, as does whether the new spending was a public good, a private good or …

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