IREF - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues
Fiscal competition and economic freedom
The new US$600 billion round of "quantitative easing" by the Fed announced by Ben Bernanke is undoubtedly a topic to be discussed during the coming G20 meeting in Korea. Indeed, the reverse side of a cheaper dollar is a more expensive euro, Japanese yen, Chinese yuan etc. Exporters in those countries are likely to find themselves in a disadvantageous position to US firms in global markets. The Fed move is also likely to generate massive losses to the largest dollar holders such as the People’s Bank of China and the Bank of Japan.
Obama is trying to convince that the "quantitative easing" will bring more growth in the US and therefore the whole world will benefit from this policy. Will the others Heads of state agree with this statement? Nothing is less sure…