Keiichiro Kobayashi, 27 April 2009

Fiscal stimulus is a much-needed temporary painkiller, but it is not enough to put the global economy on a path to recovery. This column argues that some economists – led by Paul Krugman – invest too much hope in the effects of fiscal stimulus while turning a blind eye towards the bad-debt mess. Stringent inspections and evaluations of bank assets by financial regulators, followed by sufficient infusions of taxpayer-funded capital will be the only effective means of clearing away the oppressive uncertainty.

Jota Ishikawa, 31 January 2009

This column reflects on the Nobel Prize awarded to Paul Krugman, whose solo win surprised some. It comments on the relevance of Krugman’s contributions to new trade theory and new economic geography. The latter have been of particular interest to European economists.

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