Edward Hadas is a former economics editor at Reuters Breakingviews and also worked at the Financial Times as assistant editor of the Lex column. Before becoming a journalist, he worked for 23 years as an equity analyst in Europe and the United States. He has written a book, "Human Good, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science" (ISI Books, 2007), and is a visiting senior fellow in the School of Management and Social Sciences at St. Mary's University, London. Edward has degrees from Columbia University, Wadham College, Oxford and the State University of New York at Binghamton.
“The Deficit Myth” clearly explains why governments should aim to balance the economy, not the budget. Stephanie Kelton’s book comes at a good time, as huge deficits will help limit the pandemic’s damage. Unfortunately, Modern Monetary Theory suffers from narrowness and naivete.
Those who fear rising prices think anti-pandemic stimulus will surely unleash uncontrolled inflation. Deflation-worriers are just as certain that the global demand shock means their old enemy is lurking. Both disasters are possible, but policy and habit point to price stability.
National systems of income support and social care are being expanded in the fight against the pandemic. Some of the special welfare measures are going to become permanent parts of governments’ repertoire. That will benefit marginalised groups, especially in the United States.