Functional Finance and the Debt Ratio
Scott T. Fullwiler
Wartburg College; Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute
December 29, 2012
This post will explore at length (warning!) and in detail (another warning — wonk alert!) the MMT perspective on the debt ratio and fiscal sustainability. While the approach suggests a macroeconomic policy mix and strategies for both fiscal and monetary policies that most neoclassical economists currently believe are unsustainable, ultimately the MMT preference for a significant role for fiscal policy in macroeconomic stabilization is shown to be consistent with traditional neoclassical views on fiscal sustainability.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: debt ratio, fiscal sustainability, macroeconomic policy, national debt, functional finance
JEL Classification: E40, E43, E52, E58, E61, E62
Date posted: January 4, 2013
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