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The "New consensus"and the Post-Keynesian approach to the analysis of liquidity traps


Palacio Vera, Alfonso (2008) The "New consensus"and the Post-Keynesian approach to the analysis of liquidity traps. [ Documentos de Trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales; nº 03, 2008, ISSN: 2255-5471 ]

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We compare the “New Consensus” (NC) in macroeconomics as expounded in Woodford (2003) and the Post-Keynesian (PK) approach regarding the causes of a “liquidity trap” (LT). We argue that in the NC a LT is a phenomenon caused by unusually large transitory shocks that depress the “neutral” interest rate temporarily. We show that this is the case because it is assumed that the “neutral” or “natural” interest rate converges in the long run to a gravitation center whose (positive) lower bound is determined by the rate of time preference of the representative household. By contrast, in the PK approach, the economy may also exhibit a “structural” or long-lasting LT even in the absence of large adverse shocks. This may be the case if a combination of high precautionary saving, low investment spending and stringent conditions for access to bank credit stemming from a high degree of uncertainty and liquidity preference makes the sum of the steady-growth “neutral” interest rate and the inflation rate fall short of the term/risk premium on long-term interest rates.

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JEL Classification: B50, E12, E24, E50

Uncontrolled Keywords:Neutral interest rate, Liquidity trap, New Consensus in macroeconomics, Credit rationing and liquidity preference
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Macroeconomics
Series Name:Documentos de Trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
ID Code:8453

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