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Category Archives: crowding out

Government spending and crowding out

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the US has just revised a forecast it made for the effect of the government deficit and debt on the crowding out of investment. They were taken to task for figures which seemed to overstate the relationship, which had given ammunition to some commentators who are in favour of severe cutbacks in government expenditure. … Continue reading

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Inflation Targeting: Learning the lessons from the financial crisis

On Tuesday of this week, Spencer Dale, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Bank of England, used the above title as his talk to the Society of Business Economists, and I will try to summarise his main themes.   He noted that the sudden end to a long period of economic stability has led to the inflation targeting framework … Continue reading

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Pull the other leg, Mr Chancellor

Yesterday saw the arrival of the Budget we had all been waiting for. How was Alistair Darling, the chancellor, going to deal with an economy which is in severe recession and contend with government finances which have been so severely overstretched?   There was a bit of tinkering here and there with slight increases in taxes on alcohol, tobacco and … Continue reading

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Likely economic impact of Obama’s fiscal stimulus

On Monday of this week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) responded to a request from the Senate to break down the anticipated effects of the fiscal stimulus of 17 February, which was incorporated into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).   Although the CBO made their forecasts based on the majority view of a number of economists, … Continue reading

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