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7 Responses

  1. Hi Warren,

    let me try to get this straight: What you claim is that the deficit/GdP ratio with deficits rising and/or GDPs falling (in Europe) is rising up to a point where the situation stabilizes ?Stabilization happening once the relative part of public deficit in overall spending has increased enough to compensate for lacking private spending ? So austerity by increasing the public deficit (in spite of its intentions) and shrinking the GDP tends to increase the relative share of public spending on overall spending ? Austerity as a public spending program (with shrinked GDP however) ?

    Hope I make myself understood.


  2. your statement describes the mechanism by which austerity increases public spending / wouldn’t defend austerity, but it’s fun to see that it “works” for the same reasons its adherents deny = deficit spending

    1. yes, what they miss is the economy could have just as easily achieved that same (modest) growth with an immediate pro active increase in the deficit vs using austerity to build the deficit

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