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Policies to Rebalance the Global Economy After the Financial Crisis

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  • Charles Freedman

    (Scholar in Residence, Economics Department, Carleton University)

  • Michael Kumhof

    (Research Department, Modeling Division, International Monetary Fund)

  • Douglas Laxton

    (Research Department, Modeling Division, International Monetary Fund)

  • Dirk Muir

    (Research Department, Modeling Division, International Monetary Fund)

Abstract

This paper considers some of the main risks and opportunities currently facing the world economy. Against a baseline forecast of October 2009, it first discusses a number of policy mistakes or policy failures that could lead to even worse outcomes than currently envisaged. It then describes the policy choices that would help to support global demand on a more sustainable basis while rebalancing its regional elements and therefore current accounts. Using the United States as an example, the paper also provides estimates of the long-term damage from protracted excessive fiscal deficits, and of the benefits from significant fiscal consolidation.

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Article provided by International Journal of Central Banking in its journal International Journal of Central Banking.

Volume (Year): 6 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 215-252

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Handle: RePEc:ijc:ijcjou:y:2010:q:1:a:11

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  1. Benjamin Carton, 2012. "Monetary-Policy Tradeoff in Overlapping Generations DSGE Models," DEM Working Papers Series 028, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.

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