This week will be more about geopolitics than economic data says NAB’s Ray Attrill, with USA election debates and Brexit talks (again).
Would a job guarantee resolve the battle between inflation and unemployment? Conventional economists argue that when the labour market is tight – and there are few jobs to go around – people ask for more money and that creates inflation. When there are very few jobs – like now – inflation is much lower. The counter argument, from Modern Monetary Theorists, is that a job guarantee would reduce this flux, whilst improving the lifestyles and wellbeing of the population. This week Phil Dobbie asks Steve Keen whether the MMT have got the logic right and, even if they have, can it be practically applied?
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The Times says the government is struggling with what to do with a windfall tax if they had one. One option they reckon is to reduce the cost of energy. Which of course helps everyone, but richer higher energy users would be the biggest beneficiary ...
No bounce in equity indices today, says NAB’s Taylor Nugent. It’s all down to growing concerns about a US economic slowdown. Like Cisco’s profit downgrade, for example. Plus the lowdown on yesterday’s Aussie employment numbers. https://t.co/aGBhCkChFv