Follow up na post Depresija na pohodu. Krugman se strinja, da je Draghijevo znižanje obrestne mere klofuta evropskim “austerijancem”, ki so evro območje po nepotrebnem spravili v drugo recesijo in nato začeli predčasno slaviti prvi znak minornega okrevanja.
Those who follow these things probably noticed that just a few weeks ago the austerians — Olli Rehn in particular, but many others too — were hailing signs of a bit of economic growth this quarter as vindication of their policies for the past four years. Yes, it was silly — I mean, I could keep hitting myself in the head, then slow the pace of the punishment,and I would start to feel better. Does this mean that hitting myself in the head was good for me?
Still, there it was. But then the ECB took a look at more relevant indicators: unemployment still rising, core inflation dropping below 1 percent (Japan here we come). And it seems to have gotten very worried.
Put it this way: the ECB wouldn’t be slashing rates if it thought Europe had turned the corner.
Vir: Paul Krugman