May 23, 2017

43. The Irony of Interest Rates

Conventional neoclassic economics assumes the economy will always arrive at an equilibrium, yet central banks spend an inordinate amount of time speculating on when they should next move interest rates, and in what direction. In this edition of the Debunking Economics podcast Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen whether interest rate decisions are intended to achieve and if they have their desired effect. We talk about this as the US Federal reserve prepares itself for one, possibly two, more interest rate rises this year.

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