Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shutting up about deflation: Priceless

Paul Krugman notes some bizarre statements from former ECB board member Jurgen Stark. But the line of thought: deflation is fine as long as people don't talk about it  -- is embedded in the Eurozone elite. Here's Dutch minister of finance and Eurogroup chief Jeroen Djesselboem last week, courtesy of the Wall Strret Journal  --

“What I’m worried about is that if all of us keep talking about and warning about the risk of deflation, it will become a self-fulfilling prophesy,” Mr. Dijsselbloem said. “Because if you keep telling people and investors and companies that there will be a long-term low inflation or even deflation, that could influence their behavior.”