Category Archives: deficit hysteria

After the Crash:Rediscovering Keynes and the origins of quantitative easing (2nd posting)

By Harold R.Chorney Professor of Political economy, Concordia University Montréal, Québec Preface: More than twenty five years ago I began to write about problems of public finance.( Chorney, 1984) At the time that I began to do so, I never … Continue reading

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Deficit hysteria in Québec:Facts versus Fictions, Net debt to GDP based on accumulated deficits 33%

QUEBEC’S DEBT COMPARISONS WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTS IN CANADA Let’s compare Québec’s debt with the debt of the other governments in Canada, by using the two main debt concepts. The headline number which is largely meaningless because it ignores the value … Continue reading

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Even IMF believes in debt financed public infrastructure: at current low interest rates multiplier may be 3

According to a commentary by Larry Summers in today’s Financial Times the IMF has pronounced itself finally in favour of major public infrastructure investment financed not by tax increases but by medium and long term borrowing. The current low interests … Continue reading

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Ed Balls embraces fiscal austerity at Labour Party conference: A Major error

The shadow British Chancellor Ed Balls speaking at the Labour party conference has foolishly embraced the fiscal conservative principle of no new deficit financed funding for education or social investment or infrastructure when and if Labour is in office. This … Continue reading

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French Economics Minister Arnaud Montebourg resigns in opposition to misguided counterproductive austerity policies

M.Arnaud Montebourg has openly protested against the austerity policies of the Hollande Government headed by Prime Minister Manuel Valls. He correctly denounced the policies as absurd and counterproductive in the fight against unemployment and the deficit. As a consequence of … Continue reading

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Economic stagnation persists in Europe: austerity policies are the cause

This week Stats Canada has announced it is recalculating its employment numbers because of a processing error in its July tabulation. It will be interesting to find out in what direction and way they erred in their earlier release. The … Continue reading

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Washington coming to its senses ? Canadian unemployment falls to 6.9 %. Alice Munroe wins Nobel Prize for literature

Amazingly the the government shutdown in the U.S. which began October 1, 2013 continues despite some serious efforts at negotiating an end to it, the restoration of services and a short term six week respite on the debt ceiling deadline … Continue reading

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