Modern Money Links

Michael Stephens | October 18, 2011

1. John Quiggin offers a critique of what he calls a “misreading of MMT.”

2. Bill Mitchell, interviewed by the Harvard International Review, waxes functional (emphasis added):

Particular budget outcomes should never be a policy target. What the government should be targeting is real goals, by which I mean a sustainable growth rate buoyed by full employment. Why do we want governments? We want them because they can do things that improve our welfare that we can’t do individually. In that context, it becomes clear that public policy should be devoted wholly to making sure that there are enough jobs, that poverty is eliminated, that the public health and public education systems are first class, that people who are less well off are able to become better off, etc. From a macroeconomic point of view, the spending and tax decisions of government should be such that total spending in the economy is sufficient to produce the level of real output at which firms will employ the available labor force. This is the goal, and the particular budget outcomes must serve this goal.

None of this is to say that budget deficits don’t matter at all. The fundamental point that the original developers of MMT would make—myself or Randall Wray or Warren Mosler— is that the risk of budget deficits is not insolvency but inflation…. Deficits can be too large, just as they can be too small, and the aim of government is to make sure that they’re just right to employ all available productive capacity.


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  1. Comment by warren moslerOctober 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm   Reply


    or, conversely,

    for a given size govt, there is a ‘right’ level of taxation that results in full employment.

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