Borio and co-authors attack concept of natural interest rate

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Claudio Borio, Piti Disyatat and Phurichai Rungcharoenkitkul attack the concept of a natural rate of interest in a new paper, published by the Bank for International Settlements.

In the working paper, the authors set out a model of a “finance-based” economy which can become trapped in a cycle of ever-decreasing rates.

They argue that far from being “neutral”, as in many models, monetary policy has a crucial impact on the long-term path of the economy, such that policy decisions today can tie

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