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Monetary Theory and Policy in a Global Context with a Large International Debt

  • Paul Davidson
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Abstract

Neoclassical monetary theory is divided on the role of monetary policy in the real world. Under the traditional monetarist approach, changes in the quantity of money directly affect the price level of all goods without any long-run effects on employment and output. Under the orthodox neoclassical synthesis Keynesian approach, on the other hand, monetary policy directly, and only, affects the price of bonds, at least in the short run. Only if the resulting change in the rate of interest alters a component of aggregate demand (for example, investment) will monetary policy affect short-run employment and real output. Then, via the Phillips curve, these employment and output effects can, over time, have an impact on the price level of goods and services. If bond price changes do not induce changes in some component of aggregate demand, monetary policy is ineffectual. This view is often categorised as ‘you can’t push on a string’.

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Exchange Rate Monetary Policy Real Wage Trade Deficit Export Earning 
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© Stephen F. Frowen 1993

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