The case for deeply negative interest rates
Kenneth Rogoff | Harvard University | 08 May 2020
For those who viewed negative interest rates as a bridge too far for central banks, it might be time to think again. Right now, in the United States, the Federal Reserve - supported both implicitly and explicitly by the Treasury - is on track to backstop virtually every private, state, and city credit in the economy. Many other governments have felt compelled to take similar steps. A once-in-a-century (we hope) crisis calls for massive government intervention. But does that have to mean dispensing with market-based allocation mechanisms?
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