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Central Bank Quantitative Easing as an Emerging Political Liability

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  • Xing, Victor

Officials from major central banks have previously acknowledged QE programs’ distributional effects but expected aggregate economic benefits of these unconventional policies to outweigh their costs. Post-crisis asset price appreciation became well entrenched under the effect of QE, which out-paced median wage growth to unintentionally burden low-to-middle income households and individuals with limited asset ownership. Subsequently, rising inequality fueled discontent and contributed to the rise of anti-establishment political candidates Efforts by elected officials to ease the effects of policy-induced inequality would likely bolster support toward further redistribution policies such as “helicopter money” to threaten central bank monetary policy independence

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 81269.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2017
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:81269
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  1. Jaison R. Abel & Richard Deitz, 2012. "Job polarization and rising inequality in the nation and the New York-northern New Jersey region," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 18(Oct).
  2. Xing, Victor, 2016. "Ultra-accommodative Monetary Policy and Unintentional Drags on Consumer Spending," MPRA Paper 77749, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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