Clarifying the Debate about Deflation Concerns

by Mickey Levy, Voxeu.org A popular view among economic commentators is that rich countries face a serious risk of deflation, and should adopt aggressive macroeconomic stimulus policies to ward it off. This column argues that despite similar headline inflation rates, the US, Europe, and Japan in fact face very different macroeconomic conditions. In the US, …

Public Debt and Economic Growth: There Is No ‘Tipping Point’

by Markus Eberhardt and Andrea F. Presbitero, Voxeu.org Published at Voxeu.org 17 November 2013 The idea that there is a common tipping point in the relationship between public debt and economic growth is still widespread. However, this is likely due to a misinterpretation of the existing evidence. Once we allow for the relationship between debt …

Capital Adequacy and Hidden Risk

by Mike Mariathasan and Ouarda Merrouche Originally published 29 June 2013 at Voxeu.org The regulation of bank capital has recently come under renewed scrutiny. This column argues that the way we implement capital regulation needs to be reconsidered because banks under-report risk, thereby escaping government intervention and maintaining market access. One possible way forward, something …

Escaping Liquidity Traps: Lessons from the UK’s 1930s Escape

by Nicholas Crafts This article was originally published by Voxeu.org on May 12, 2013 The UK escaped a liquidity trap in the 1930s and enjoyed a strong economic recovery. This column argues that what drove this recovery was ‘unconventional’ monetary policy implemented not by the Bank of England but by the Treasury. Thus, Neville Chamberlain …