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Progress and ConfusionThe State of Macroeconomic Policy$
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Olivier Blanchard, Raghuram G. Rajan, Kenneth S. Rogoff, and Lawrence H. Summers

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034623

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034623.001.0001

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Global Safe Asset Shortage: The Role of Central Banks

Global Safe Asset Shortage: The Role of Central Banks

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Progress and Confusion

Ricardo J. Caballero

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The chapter argues that there is a global shortage of safe assets, which puts downward pressure on safe real rates and leads to a stubborn form of liquidity trap (a safety trap). Central banks are contributing to the shortage by accumulating safe assets through international reserve accumulation and quantitative easing (QE) policies centered on safe assets. The chapter calls for greater efforts in the global pooling of macro risks to reduce the need for self-insurance by central banks in emerging markets. It also calls for refocusing QE on risky assets.

Keywords:   safe assets, global shortage, central banks, quantitative easing, reserve accumulation

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