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Liquidity Traps, Learning and Stagnation

  • George W. Evans


    (University of Oregon Economics Department)

  • Eran Guse

    (University of Cambridge)

  • Seppo Honkapohja


    (University of Cambridge)

We examine global economic dynamics under learning in a New Keynesian model in which the interest-rate rule is subject to the zero lower bound. Under normal monetary and fiscal policy, the intended steady state is locally but not globally stable. Large pessimistic shocks to expectations can lead to deflationary spirals with falling prices and falling output. To avoid this outcome we recommend augmenting normal policies with aggressive monetary and fiscal policy that guarantee a lower bound on inflation. In contrast, policies geared toward ensuring an output lower bound are insufficient for avoiding deflationary spirals.

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Paper provided by University of Oregon Economics Department in its series University of Oregon Economics Department Working Papers with number 2007-9.

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Length: 34
Date of creation: 05 Jun 2007
Date of revision: 05 Jun 2007
Handle: RePEc:ore:uoecwp:2007-9
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