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Challenges for the ECB in Times of Deflation

Francesco Saraceno ()

No 183, Sciences Po publications from Sciences Po

Abstract: This paper assesses the performance of the European Central Bank (ECB) during the crisis that started in 2008. The ECB statute is consistent with a view of the economy that was predominant in the 1990s, a view that postulates a very limited role for discretional policies in managing the business cycle. The ECB had therefore to stretch its mandate on several occasions during the crisis to avoid severe outcomes. It was unable to avoid a slow but inexorable slide of the Eurozone towards deflation and a liquidity trap. To restore robust growth, fiscal policy should be used, and institutions should be redesigned away from the Washington Consensus framework that shaped the Maastricht Treaty. Better rules for fiscal governance and a widening of the ECB mandate are proposed.

Keywords: Employment policy; Economic recession; Low income; Financial market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015
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