Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Who Said It? (safe asset shortages edition)
OK, econ blogomaniacs, time for a quick little pop quiz. Here are two quotes from prominent economics bloggers. See if you can guess which blogger said which quote. No cheating!
"Though there are things that central banks can do in the face of safe asset shortages...a safe asset shortage is basically a fiscal problem. The safe asset shortage is reflected in binding financial constraints that imply the economy is non-Ricardian. Government debt matters, and an expansion in the stock of government debt can be welfare improving. Presumably this also implies a lower net cost of financing government projects, meaning that a safe asset shortage provides an opportunity for the government to finance education and infrastructure on the cheap."
"When the excess demand is for longer-term assets – bonds to serve as vehicles for savings that move purchasing power from the present into the future – the natural response is… induce businesses to borrow more and build more capacity, and encourage the government to borrow and spend…When excess demand is for high-quality assets – places where you can park your wealth and be assured that it will still be there when you come back – the natural response is to have credit-worthy governments guarantee some private assets and buy up others, swapping them out for their own liabilities and thus diminishing the supply of risky assets and increasing the supply of safe assets."
...If you got both right without Googling, then you're way too addicted to econ blogs.