Governments turn to macroeconomic theory to help shape policies to manage instability. Current theories do not adequately support our policy needs. Credit markets, income, and employment are all inherently unstable. We need better theory to help us design better institutions and better policies.
A discussion with Kaushik Basu, Professor of Economics and the C. Marks Professor of International Studies at Cornell University and former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. Read more
In recent decades, advanced economies have experienced low and stable inflation and long periods of liquidity trap. We construct an alternative business-cycle model capturing these two features by adding two assumptions to a money-in-the-utility-function model: the labor market is subject to matching frictions, and real wealth enters the utility function. These assumptions modify the two core equations of the standard New Keynesian model