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Public Policy Brief Highlights No. 74A | November 2003

Understanding Deflation

Treating the Disease, Not the Symptoms
Most recent discussions of deflation seem to overlook the main dangers posed by a deflationary economy and appear to offer superficial solutions. In this brief, the authors argue that, barring drastic changes in asset and output prices, deflation itself is not the main problem, but rather the recessionary conditions that sometimes give rise to deflation. Whether or not prices are falling, the proper remedy for a recession is the Keynesian one: government deficit spending, used to finance useful programs and tax cuts. These measures will reduce unemployment, increase growth, and relieve deflationary pressures.

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Classical Economics Today: Essays in Honor of Alessandro Roncaglia
Edited by Marcella Corsi, Jan Kregel, and Carlo D'Ippoliti
Author(s): Jan Kregel
March 2018

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