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Low interest rates: a transatlantic phenomenon

Structural factors are putting downward pressure on rates: is it time for macroeconomic policy to play second fiddle in managing demand?

By: Date: March 10, 2021 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

Maria Demertzis and Nicola Vegi  join Giuseppe Porcaro to talk about their recent research on low interest rates, declining productivity growth and how to tackle this.

In both Europe and the United States, interest rates have been declining for more than fifteen years. For much of this period, real interest rates have been negative and they are expected to remain negative for at least another decade. The literature associates this decline in interest rates with a similarly protracted decline in productivity. But the decline in productivity appears paradoxical given major technological advances.

The structural factors behind the downward pressure on interest rates imply that macroeconomic policy will have a reduced role in managing aggregate demand. Monetary policy in the euro area will be more about preventing financial fragmentation and less about stimulating demand. Equally, fiscal policy will have more of a supporting rather than stimulating role.

Tackling the structural decline in market dynamism and therefore in real rates will require structural policies to reduce market power globally and ensure the creation of capital markets in the EU.

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[LIVE] The idea of Europe: more than a feeling?

What can 70 years of news(paper articles) and how we talk about 'Europe' tell us about pan-European identity? Is there even such a thing as a European public sphere?

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: April 16, 2021
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A digital yuan?

China is moving towards a digital currency but there is a long way to go.

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: April 14, 2021
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The future of CAI

Untangling the politics behind the EU – China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: April 7, 2021
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To infinity and beyond: the European space sector and industrial policy

Where does Europe stand in the global race for space?

By: The Sound of Economics Date: March 31, 2021
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Gender gap in financial literacy: a lack of knowledge or confidence?

“If women and girls are fearless, they will benefit by becoming more financially independent, more financially secure, more in control of their future and society will benefit.”

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 24, 2021
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Keeping momentum on good governance

Transparency, human rights and good governance: a conversation with Katalin Cseh MEP

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 17, 2021
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Low interest rates in Europe and the US: one trend, two stories

Interest rates have been on a long-term decline, associated with declining productivity growth. To tackle this, the priorities are to reduce market concentration and, in Europe, change the financing model.

By: Maria Demertzis and Nicola Viegi Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Global Economics & Governance Date: March 10, 2021
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Macroeconomic outlook: are we back on track?

Summary of the macro outlook based on Commission forecasts and analysis of the global picture.

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 5, 2021
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Will China fall into the middle/high income trap?

The middle to high-income trap in East Asia and its China dilemma.

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: March 3, 2021
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Can central banks save the planet?

“We are not going to lead our society to a low-carbon economy by continuing to finance the status quo. “

By: The Sound of Economics Topic: Energy & Climate Date: February 24, 2021
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So long, credit support?

How effective have COVID-19 credit support programmes been?

By: The Sound of Economics Date: February 17, 2021
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From support to recovery: national fiscal policy in the wake of COVID-19

The EU has set ambitious goals for economic recovery: how these recovery funds are spent by member states will be critical to its success. A look into the European framework and the case of Italy.

By: The Sound of Economics Date: February 10, 2021
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