Posts Tagged ‘Money Creation’

For anyone not familiar with the work of Ann Pettifor – one of the few to correctly call the coming of the financial crisis a number of years prior to it arriving, and one of the main proponents of the Jubilee 2000 campaign which cancelled a portion of third world debt – please search for her various articles, lectures and opinions online.

Associated with Keynesian economics and the Labour party, her views may be dismissed by some, however upon closer inspection, I was interested in her view on the creation of money, and what this meant for resolving the debt and economic problems facing the developing world.

She is principally part of the PRIME think tank/research group, which has a number of papers on its site proving an alternative voice on economic issues

The above lecture at the LSE discusses her latest book, ‘The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers’, and gives an insight into her theories.

What I wish to highlight, are the following;

  • The issue of commodity money, and how scarce resources should not be used as a basis of any monetary system
  • The recognition that a fiat monetary system, can and should be used for the benefit of the population – outside the control of private banks, but in the knowledge that an entirely man-made system should be used to achieve a level of prosperity in all societies
  • There are certainly many socialist aspects to these beliefs, such as exerting capital controls and spending money into existence in terms of health, education and social expenditure thus increasing national debt, however interest ideally should not be necessary when such a system is implemented
  • There are some similarities with what Positive Money are advocating, but it seems there are specific differences, as this discussion points out…

 

 

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The extent of discussion around so called Helicopter Money is symptomatic of the wider issue that central bankers are truly at a loss around the issue of secular stagnation and the obsession to inject growth however possible.

Whilst the idea of money printing or quantitative easing is a reality for developed nations, no longer the preserve of failed states (or do we admit the first world is indeed a failed state?), the notion of money being made freely available to the pubic is still more fiction than fact.

However this article is worth a read, as it sets out how such a move could work and the considerations needed. I find it revealing in the workings of some aspects of monetary policy, however it does omit the amount of money creation performed by commercial banks, something which needs to be acknowledged on a wider scale

City AM – Helicopter Money