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Milton Friedman on Economic Policies - Dictionary of Arguments

Mause I 57
Economic Policies/Friedman/FriedmanVsKeynesianism/FriedmanVsKeynes: Thesis: monetary policy can only achieve short-term success, but is neutral in the long term. Although expansionary monetary policy could initially increase demand and employment, workers would not be subject to monetary illusion and would demand a compensation for the inflation-related reduction in their real wages, i.e. an increase in nominal wages, which would cancel out the initial employment effect. In the long term, unemployment would therefore remain constant; monetary policy would only have caused prices to rise and would not have had any real employment effects. "Real" problems (e.g. unemployment) could only be solved by "real" measures (e.g. facilitating the recruitment of workers by relaxing employment protection, minimum wage and similar regulations). The monetarists therefore recommend a steady monetary policy with the objective of price stability. (1)
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Brocker I 398
Economic Policy/Friedman: Friedman was afraid that the welfare state would increasingly interfere in the pursuit of individual economic interests and...
Brocker I 399
...restrict market participants. Monetary policy deals with macroeconomic problems, the average values of employment and inflation. Individual liberty rights are affected indirectly at most.
Brocker I 400
Economic Policy/Politics/Friedman: Friedman rejects conscription and describes the efficiency and development possibilities of the market economy system in such bright colours that there is no room and no need for government intervention, bureaucratic controls or state-organized sectors. The educational system, for example, which from a conservative point of view serves not least to convey "state-preserving" values and ways of thinking, would have to be privatized, as would the media, transport and energy sectors, with the result that political groups lose some of their beloved power, influence and earning potential.

Peter Spahn, „Milton Friedman, Kapitalismus und Freiheit“, in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

1. M. Friedman, The role of monetary policy. American Economic Review 58, 1968, pp. 1-17.

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Econ Fried I
Milton Friedman
The role of monetary policy 1968

Mause I
Karsten Mause
Christian Müller
Klaus Schubert,
Politik und Wirtschaft: Ein integratives Kompendium Wiesbaden 2018

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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