Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Class and Monetary Policy

Paul Krugman, NYT
July 8, 2014 12:37 pm

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the continuing influence of inflation hysterics despite their awesome wrongness over the past five-plus years. One question that naturally arises is whose interests are served by this unjustified influence.

You don’t want to be too crude about it. I don’t think there are a lot of clear-headed hard-money types who secretly admit to themselves that their models have failed and that the policies they advocate could mire the economy in a permanent slump, but nonetheless say what will support their class interests. Instead, interests feed ideology, and the ideologues may then be sorta-kinda sincere in their beliefs.

Still, it is worth asking who benefits from low inflation or deflation, and from higher interest rates. And the answer, basically, is rich old men.

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