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Niedrige Zinsen — gesamtwirtschaftliche Ursachen und Folgen


  • Oliver Landmann


  • Jens Boysen-Hogrefe


  • Nils Jannsen


  • Ferdinand Fichtner


  • Mechthild Schrooten


  • Michael Hüther



Due to the financial crises from 2008 to 2012, unconventional monetary policy caused an environment of record low interest rates around the world. Maintaining the low interest rate policy might be reasonable for the ECB in the short run in order to fight the fragmentation of the financial market and the risk of defl ation in the Eurozone. Some authors argue that permanently low interest rates lead to wrong incentives in the financial market for debtors and creditors alike. They fear potential risks for fiscal policy and financial stability in Germany and recommend macroprudential measures beyond the Basel III framework and a beginning exit of the ECB from its unconventional monetary policy. Others warn against overburdening monetary policy. They find rather that effective financial market regulation and proper fiscal rules and institutions are required to secure financial market stability and the sustainability of public debt and that a premature exit from accommodating monetary policies would do more harm than good. They argue that monetary policy alone will not solve Europe’s problems. The differing recommendations are mainly based on differing assessments of the European business cycle. Copyright ZBW and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

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  • Oliver Landmann & Jens Boysen-Hogrefe & Nils Jannsen & Ferdinand Fichtner & Mechthild Schrooten & Michael Hüther, 2014. "Niedrige Zinsen — gesamtwirtschaftliche Ursachen und Folgen," Wirtschaftsdienst, Springer;ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, vol. 94(9), pages 611-630, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:wirtsc:v:94:y:2014:i:9:p:611-630
    DOI: 10.1007/s10273-014-1725-3

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    1. Meixing Dai & Fanny Loux, 2017. "Les taux d’intérêt nominaux négatifs sont-ils efficaces pour relancer la croissance des crédits et de l’économie ?," Bulletin de l'Observatoire des politiques économiques en Europe, Observatoire des Politiques Économiques en Europe (OPEE), vol. 36(1), pages 9-20, June.

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    E52; E58; H63;

    JEL classification:

    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt


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