Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The combination of high Debt and rising inequality may be the source of the secular Stagnation

This combination of high debt and rising inequality may be the source of the secular stagnation that is making structural reforms more politically difficult to implement. If anything, the rise of nationalistic, populist, and nativist parties in Europe, North America, and Asia is leading to a backlash against free trade and labour migration, which could further weaken global growth. Rather than boosting credit to the real economy, unconventional monetary policies have mostly lifted the wealth of the very rich—the main beneficiaries of asset reflation. But now reflation may be creating asset-price bubbles, and the hope that macro-prudential policies will prevent them from bursting is so far just that—a leap of faith. - in PROJECT SYNDICATE

Nouriel Roubini is an American professor of Economics at New York University`s Stern School of Business and chairman of RGE Roubini Global Economics
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