Helicopter Money Policy Formulation

An important aspect of helicopter money is just how a central bank would obtain the authority to undertake such a policy. Eric Lonergan is a leading proponent of HM. As he points out, the resolution of this issue could depend on the institutional regime for the central bank in question. For example, it may beRead More

Helicopter Recall – Fiscal Repairs Needed

“Helicopter money” (HM) is a term invented by Milton Friedman to refer to the fantasy of a monetary authority (central bank) distributing money – ex nihilo, in the absence of any related asset acquisition – as a way of stimulating aggregate demand. It’s an idea that’s permeated the blogosphere in recent months, in the wakeRead More

The Unpleasant Fiscal Arithmetic of Eurozone QE with Risk of Sovereign Defaults

Paul De Grauwe has written about potential fiscal effects from an anticipated ECB quantitative easing (QE) program: http://voxeu.org/article/quantitative-easing-eurozone-its-possible-without-fiscal-transfers The analysis is excellent to a point, but doesn’t go far enough. In fact, there are problems with the methodology and the conclusion. The subject involves complex aspects of Eurozone monetary policy – multiple sovereigns, the prospectRead More


This is rather impressive: “Cash still exists in rather surprising quantity – about a trillion dollars, or more than $3,000 per capita, 77% of it in hundred-dollar bills. But you and I, corporate businesses, and financial markets use trivial amounts of cash. The legal, and especially corporate and financial economies, have moved to electronic, interest-bearingRead More