February 3, 2020

186. Does fiscal stimulus work? What about Friedman’s argument of nominal value? (preview)

Today Phil Dobbie talks to Prof Steve Keen about Milton Friedman’s concept of nominal value ,and how this runs counter to the argument that governments can create money to give the economy a sugar hit. The theory is, we’ll realise that the extra helicopter money has devalued the currency so, after an initial burst of growth, we’ll realise that we’re actually no better off. So where does this theory go wrong? Other than the fact that most money is created by commercial banks, not governments extending their debt.

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