“One good question some of my readers have been asking is how the Fed’s new policy might actually boost the economy — that is, how could changes in expectations turn into a real increase in demand?
[W]e actually can hope that the Fed’s new policy will boost housing as well as operating through other channels, and therefore that it can act more like conventional monetary policy in fostering recovery.
That said, I’m still skeptical about whether monetary policy alone can come close to doing enough…” — Paul Krugman, September 16, 2012
“If the story of the current U.S. economy were made into a movie, it would look something like ”55 Days at Peking.” A ragtag group of ordinary people — America’s consumers — is besieged by a rampaging horde, the forces of recession.
To fight this recession the Fed needs more than a snapback; it needs soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. And to do that, as Paul McCulley of Pimco put it, Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble.
Judging by Mr. Greenspan’s remarkably cheerful recent testimony, he still thinks he can pull that off. But the Fed chairman’s crystal ball has been cloudy lately; remember how he urged Congress to cut taxes to head off the risk of excessive budget surpluses? And a sober look at recent data is not encouraging.” — Paul Krugman, August 2, 2002