This is a list post – so make of it what you will.
Bill Kaye-Blake has been discussing the macroeconomy in New Zealand (*,*,*), and hunting for a way to make the narrative clearer – I’ve been chatting about it with him in commetns, and Eric Crampton listed up some points here. Reframing the narrative is important to me, and has led me to experimenting with ways of communicating ideas about the macroeconomy. Brian Fallow shows the importance not just of clarity, but of indicating that there is no “silver bullet” in his great op-ed.
Grant Spencer has also made a point of communicating about “other tools” that the RBNZ might use, and why they would do such a thing. The Bank knows that outside their role as protectors of monetary policy, they have to take into account the general stability of the financial system – and they want measures that they use for this to be as transparent as possible.
On the not of communication and narrative, Norman Gemmell has started a series of articles on the NZ Herald discussing issues of the day. He is an awesome economist, and I’m greatly looking forward to these posts. The first post tries to lay out the idea of asset sales on more objective grounds!
This brings me to Treasury. They have noted the mixture of calls about austerity, the economic cycle, structural problems, and decided to spark things off with a piece that looks at the impact of “fiscal policy” in a macroeconomic sense. This is a piece I intend to go through and write about in time
All in all, a good week for discourse. Nice.