Is Deficit-Financed Growth Limited? Policies and Prospects in An Election Year
Wynne Godley, our Levy Institute colleague, has warned since 1999 that the falling personal saving and rising borrowing trends that had powered the US economic expansion were not sustainable. He also warned that when these trends were reversed, as has happened in other countries, the expansion would come to a halt unless there were major changes in fiscal policy. Not long ago, official circles insisted that monetary policy was the most desirable tool, and that fiscal deficits were not only unnecessary but also harmful(ERP, 2000, p.31-34; Greenspan, 2000). Some economists, notably Edmund Phelps of Columbia University, went so far as to suggest that the economic expansion was not caused by rising demand, but rather because growth had become ÔstructuralÕ (Financial Times, August 9, 2000).
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- Dimitri B. Papadimitriou & Anwar Shaikh & Claudio H. dos Santos & Gennaro Zezza, 2002. "Is Personal Debt Sustainable?," Economics Strategic Analysis Archive 02-11, Levy Economics Institute.
- Dimitri B. Papadimitriou & L. Randall Wray, "undated". "What to Do with the Surplus: Fiscal Policy and the Coming Recession," Economics Policy Note Archive 98-6, Levy Economics Institute.
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