World Economics - Insight , Analysis and Data
World Economics Journal
Crime & corruption
Economic indicators and forecasting
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Savings and debt
Exchange Rate Policy
Labour Market Reform
Law and Justice
Food and Agriculture
Media, Sport and Entertainment
Retail and Consumer Goods
World Economics Journal Archive
Browse the complete World Economics Journal archive.
World Economics Authors
Biographies and contact details for all authors.
Full list of executive editors and our advisory board
Submit an Article
Details and notes for authors regarding journal submissions.
Journal Subscription Information
Subscribe to the journal online.
About World Economics
History and information about the site.
Useful numbers and contact details.
Terms & Conditions
Secular Stagnation and Two Articles of Faith of the Conventional Wisdom
World Economics, September 2016
The current discussion of “Secular Stagnation” has generally put disproportionate weight on discussing inadequate investment demand and fiscal stimulus. However, in these discussions two intellectually ungrounded assumptions, or articles of faith, box in mainstream economists:
I. Savings are always beneficial because they allow greater accumulation of capital.
II. Unrestricted international capital movement is always economically efficient and beneficial.
These strong prior beliefs are part of the mental models that may lead economists to reject the conclusions of their own formal models. Awareness of these issues is often implied, but they are rarely addressed directly and not often in policy discussions. Ending counterproductive policies that encourage saving and capital inflows yields better policy prescriptions.
Keep updated with:
Posts from Facebook
Tweets from Twitter
Groups on LinkedIn
Alerts from RSS feed
Copyright World Economics Ltd. 2017