Did Market Monetarists Accurately Predict Low Inflation?

David Beckworth stated on Twitter that Market Monetarists “knew all along inflation would not be a problem”.  It’s true.  The Market Monetarists have long been predicting low inflation and even deflation.   See this 2009 piece by Scott Sumner titled “Deflation is our Biggest Worry – Not Inflation”.  So yes, the Market Monetarists nailed this one, right?  Not […]

Market Monetarism – Monetary Base Overdrive

Martin Wolf has written (HT Cullen Roche) an excellent article on the recent Bank of England paper. Here are his key summary points from that article: First, banks are not just financial intermediaries. The act of saving does not increase deposits in banks. If your employer pays you, the deposit merely shifts from its account to yours. This […]

Thomas Palley on Steve Keen’s Model of Aggregate Demand

Thomas Palley’s paper is here: http://www.thomaspalley.com/docs/research/ad_and_debt.pdf (HT: Ramanan) Some time ago, a few of us were after Steve Keen in respect of his newly defined aggregate demand function, pointing to a time-inconsistency in its income and non-income flow of funds components. He has since corrected this, with a model whose principal defining equation is now […]

Money Creation in the Modern Economy (Bank of England)

This is an excellent paper: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Documents/quarterlybulletin/2014/qb14q1prereleasemoneycreation.pdf The paper is written in easy to understand language and helpful balance sheet graphics. It does a particularly good job in simplifying several technical issues. As Cullen Roche notes, the money multiplier is dispatched to the ash can of history, where it belongs. It is reassuring to see this sort […]

The Bank of England Debunks the Money Multiplier

Regular readers will be more than familiar with the debunking of the money multiplier and the concept that banks don’t lend out reserves or deposits (see here & here), but it’s nice to see it catching on in places more important than this lowly blog.  A new research report out of the Bank of England debunks the money multplier in […]