By John B. Taylor – Like the one-time rebate of 2001, the temporary tax cut of 2008, the cash-for-clunkers and stimulus payments of 2009, or similar policies tried back in the 1970s, these temporary policies consistently fail to stimulate sustainable recoveries. And as this history shows, extending the temporary reduction from two months to six months or even to 12 months would be at best a marginal improvement.
Demand for investment will increase if policy unpredictability is reduced. And consumption demand will increase if workers’ incomes increase on a more permanent basis, which requires a sustainable recovery with much lower unemployment, not the current short-termism of stimulus packages. more> http://is.gd/IaEF3u
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