Governments like ours choose to borrow, they don’t have to.
Massive stimulus plans combined with rising production costs could lead to expectations that inflation will rise. And that alone could trigger an inflationary spiral not seen in 25 years.
From money creation to COVID to uncertainty to the end of rapid economic growth, Peter Martin's summer reading list is unsettling and uplifting.
The Commonwealth can never become insolvent. It ought to help out the states.
Chifley, Menzies, Holt, Gorton, McMahon, Whitlam and Fraser targeted budget deficits.
While necessary during the crisis, government borrowing isn’t costless. Longer term, it might depress living standards.
The Reserve Bank Australia has exhausted the limits of monetary policy, There's no magic pudding, says governor Philip Lowe.
Congress is spending trillions of dollars trying to rescue the US economy and support workers and businesses. Can America afford it? ‘No sweat,’ according to modern monetary theory.
Creating lots of new money is supposed to produce runaway inflation. The longer that it doesn’t happen, the more this branch of economics appears to have a point.
Modern Monetary Theory is suddenly popular because it implies governments can spend as much as they need to. But that spending comes with risks.
We could welcome the news that prices have been rising much more slowly since the coronavirus pandemic – or we could get nervous.
Modern Monetary Theory allows governments more freedom to run deficits, freedom the Australian government might need.
History suggests we can run sizable budget deficits while shrinking the budget debt burden. Mid last century our leaders weren’t afraid to say so.
Critics complain that government debt saddles future generations with a financial burden. The critics are wrong.
There are limits on how much governments can spend without earning, although increasingly politicians are behaving as if there are not.
Modern monetary theory is gaining traction in a global economic environment that defies the efforts of policymakers to restore growth.
If it is so easy to fix a nation’s economic ills – just run the printing presses round the clock – then why doesn’t everyone do it?