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Inflation targeting and Keynes's political economy

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This paper argues that inflation targeting, in the manner proposed by the "new consensus" in macroeconomics, is not a socially desirable monetary policy strategy and is not compatible with Keynes's political economy. Inflation targeting is likely to cause distributional changes that benefit rentiers, which, in turn, might operate as a source of deficient demand, unemployment, and low growth rates of gross domestic product. The econometric analysis that appears in this paper uses panel data for a sample of 13 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries and assesses the relevance of some of Keynes's monetary hypotheses. The findings provide support that rentiers' income influences negatively both the aggregate demand growth and the unemployment rate.

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  • George Argitis, 2008. "Inflation targeting and Keynes's political economy," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 31(2), pages 249-270, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:postke:v:31:y:2008:i:2:p:249-270
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    1. Emiliano Brancaccio & Giuseppe Fontana, 2013. "'Solvency rule' versus 'Taylor rule': an alternative interpretation of the relation between monetary policy and the economic crisis," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 37(1), pages 17-33.
    2. Ilgmann, Cordelius, 2011. "Silvio Gesell: 'a strange, unduly neglected' monetary theorist," CAWM Discussion Papers 23, University of Münster, Center of Applied Economic Research Münster (CAWM).
    3. Eckhard Hein & Christian Schoder, 2011. "Interest rates, distribution and capital accumulation -- A post-Kaleckian perspective on the US and Germany," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(6), pages 693-723, November.
    4. Carlos Carrasco & Jesus Ferreiro, 2013. "Inflation targeting in Mexico," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(3), pages 341-372.
    5. Cordelius Ilgmann & Martin Menner, 2011. "Negative nominal interest rates: history and current proposals," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 8(4), pages 383-405, December.
    6. Hein, Eckhard, 2016. "Post-Keynesian macroeconomics since the mid-1990s: Main developments," IPE Working Papers 75/2016, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Institute for International Political Economy (IPE).
    7. Argitis, Georgios & Michopoulou, Stella, 2010. "Monetary Policy, Interest Payments, Income Distribution and the Macroeconomy," Review of Applied Economics, Review of Applied Economics, vol. 6(1-2).

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