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A new paradigm for macroeconomic policy

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  • Philip Arestis
  • Malcolm Sawyer

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In this paper we advocate a way of approaching macroeconomic policy, which stands in contrast to the now discredited 'new consensus in macroeconomics' policy framework. The five pillars of our approach are: the need for budget deficits to support the level of aggregate demand; full consideration of income distribution and its implications for the level of demand; the interest rate policy pursued by the central bank should aim for a constant real rate of interest with that interest rate broadly in line with the rate of growth; the coordination of economic policies with the implication of an end of central bank independence; and the key policy objective of the central bank should be financial stability.

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  • Philip Arestis & Malcolm Sawyer, 2011. "A new paradigm for macroeconomic policy," International Journal of Public Policy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(1/2/3), pages 22-39.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijpubp:v:7:y:2011:i:1/2/3:p:22-39
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    1. Cimoli, Mario & Lima, Gilberto Tadeu & Porcile, Gabriel, 2016. "The production structure, exchange rate preferences and the short-run—Medium-run macrodynamics," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 13-26.

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