Dynamic Monetary Theory and the Phillips Curve with a Positive Slope
29 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2013
Date Written: November 21, 2012
Don Bellante and Roger W. Garrison (1988) compared two alternative approaches to monetary dynamics: those based on a vertical long-run Phillips Curve and those derived from analysis of Hayekian triangles. The conclusion the authors reached is that the only factor differentiating the two models is the "process" whereby the initial cause is converted into the final "neutral" effect. This article refutes that conclusion. To do so it suffices to demonstrate that the long-term effect of monetary policy is never neutral. While it is true that after the boom-bust cycle the economy returns to the natural rate of unemployment, the crucial point is that the "natural rate" at the end of the cycle is quite different from the one evident at the start. This requires an Austrian Phillips Curve with a positive slope.
Keywords: Monetary Dynamics, Phillips Curve, Unemployment, Business Cycle
JEL Classification: B25, E24, E32, E58, N12
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation