Sunday, June 06, 2010

Krugman: "Lost Decade, Here We Come"

by Bill McBride on 6/06/2010 08:49:00 AM

First, from the Financial Times: G20 drops support for fiscal stimulus

Finance ministers from the world’s leading economies ripped up their support for fiscal stimulus on Saturday ...

The communiqué of the meeting made it clear that the G20 no longer thought that expansionary fiscal policy was sustainable or effective in fostering an economic recovery because investors were no longer confident about some countries’ public finances.
Excerpts with permission
And from the G20 communiqué:
The recent events highlight the importance of sustainable public finances and the need for our countries to put in place credible, growth-friendly measures, to deliver fiscal sustainability, differentiated for and tailored to national circumstances. Those countries with serious fiscal challenges need to accelerate the pace of consolidation.
And from Paul Krugman: Lost Decade, Here We Come
It’s basically incredible that this is happening with unemployment in the euro area still rising, and only slight labor market progress in the US.
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The right thing, overwhelmingly, is to do things that will reduce spending and/or raise revenue after the economy has recovered — specifically, wait until after the economy is strong enough that monetary policy can offset the contractionary effects of fiscal austerity. But no: the deficit hawks want their cuts while unemployment rates are still at near-record highs and monetary policy is still hard up against the zero bound.
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Utter folly posing as wisdom. Incredible.

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