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The Return of Monetarism

TILBURG, THE NETHERLANDS – The current economic crisis highlights the need for major changes at central banks. It is time for a return to some form of moderate monetarism – but in a twenty-first-century mold.

The current crisis has clearly made central bankers’ jobs far more complicated. Over the last 30 years or so, many central bankers supposed that all they needed to do was keep their sights fixed on price stability. Every instrument they had at their disposal was to be used for that goal. From now on, however, central bankers will have to aim for financial stability as well.