Developed nations are suffering anaemic growth despite massive monetary stimulation. A growing number of economists ascribe this to ‘secular stagnation’, but many reject the notion. This Vox Debate will present ‘Lead Commentaries’ by eminent economists covering all aspects of this issue.
There have been a lot of proposals for new legislation and some have already been implemented. However, many questions remain. Has enough been done to reduce the chance of another financial crisis? How fast should new rules be implemented? What should happen during the transition period? Are governments overreaching and is the new regulation going to stifle growth in the financial sector? This debate is about these questions.
Economics is under fire both from outside and inside the profession for irrelevance, arrogance, and more. This new Vox debate focuses on two questions: What’s the use of economics? How should we be teaching it to the next generation?
Europe has embraced austerity but financial markets still worry about debt sustainability – at least in part due to slow growth that has been associated with fiscal belt-tightening. Is austerity self-defeating? Is it keeping Europeans underemployed for years and thus destroying the medium-run growth needed to pay off the debt? Or are the belt-tighteners wisely steering their nations clear of Greek-like tragedies? The questions for debate are simple: Should governments let up on austerity now that the global economy is weak but credibility on fiscal sustainability is far from granted? And under what circumstances would be wise to do so?
Financial sector activity has accelerated along with its pay scales. This debate seeks to identify which activities are socially useful. It also considers regulations that could curb excesses in the sector whilst not hindering those activities for which it enhances capacity.