Don’t build a ‘new economics’ without properly understanding the old

James Meadway, economic adviser to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, has written in the ourEconomy section of Open Democracy on the necessity for ‘building a new economics’: Some parts [of new economics] are half-remembered, and then placed together in peculiar (and often largely useless) new ways, like “Modern Monetary Theory” – a reconstruction of post-war Keynesianism… Read more

Not on the money

There is an interesting report in Business Insider of a survey of America’s economists. It states In the latest survey of 42 of America’s top economists by the Chicago Booth School of Business, not a single respondent agreed with the basic tenants [I think they meant tenets!] of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT): 36% of economists… Read more

Don’t use MMT except in an emergency?

For the first time that I am aware of MMT (Modern Monetary Theory) has been mentioned in the UK ‘mainstream’ rather than specialist press. David Smith, Economics correspondent of the ‘Sunday Times’, published an article in the paper on Sunday which is reproduced with free access on his own website. He states: Then there is… Read more

MMT is perhaps gaining hold in the US as there are some very spurious arguments against it

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) has received further criticsm in the US – perhaps particularly because that seems to be where it is (can we hope?) gaining a hold. Britain is still mired in the all-consuming provincial business of Brexit. This is a writer on ‘Medium’: “…the treasury can only spend by first ensuring it has… Read more

US versus European Community Banking

I never knew that the US Federal Reserve had someone on their Board of Governors who specialised in community banking but they do, and the Bank of International Settlements has published a recent speech by the holder, Michelle Bowman. She fills the “role designated for someone with community banking experience on the Federal Reserve Board,… Read more