Monetary Policy, Inequality and Political Instability
39 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2018
Date Written: November 16, 2017
Based on the concepts of justice by Hayek, Rawls and Buchanan we argue that the growing political dissatisfaction in industrialized countries is rooted in the asymmetric pattern in monetary policies since the 1980s for two reasons. First, the structurally declining interest rates and the unconventional monetary policy measures have granted privileges to specific groups. Second, the increasingly expansionary monetary policies have negative growth effects, which reduce the scope for compensation of the ones excluded from the privileges. The result is the fading acceptance of the economic order and growing political instability.
Keywords: Hayek, Rawls, Buchanan, privileges, inequality, monetary policy, order of rules, difference principle, economic order
JEL Classification: D630, E020, E520
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