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22 March 2023 by mmt.works
The NHS crisis The NHS has worked well over the decades, supposedly the envy of the world. So what has changed over the last 70-odd years? Simply: funding. What you need to know: Modern Money Theory (MMT) recognises that taxes

MMT full employment
17 March 2023 by mmt.works
What is the Job Guarantee? Modern Money Theory's (MMT) description of the economy leads to one of its core policies, that the government can guarantee full employment with decent pay (and benefits and annual leave). In other words: Under the

Government Debt = Nation's wealth
10 March 2023 by mmt.works
National Debt key points The National Debt is not a debt, it is not "owed" back The National Debt is money in the economy that has not yet been taxed back The National Debt represents our saving, the money in

Austerity kills
5 March 2023 by mmt.works
Austerity is deliberate and manufactured by government. Austerity also kills. But economists have been aware of alternatives to austerity for nearly 50 years, that focus on people, and not financial markets. “There IS An Alternative To European Austerity: Modern Money

No taxpayers money
1 March 2023 by mmt.works
Spend, invest and tax "There is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers' money." -- Margaret Thatcher (Speech to Conservative Party Conference, 14 Oct 1983) Thatcher's statement is nonsense! Taxes can not fund government spending: Tax due:

One Pound Coins
23 February 2023 by mmt.works
Modern Money Theory can be quite complicated, for which it is recommended that you refer to additional articles. But the main points of MMT are as follows: Modern Money Theory (MMT) is descriptive MMT describes how the economy works, Although

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Posts from Bill Mitchell – Modern Monetary Theory

  • Australian labour market – mixed signals but probably still in a weakening phase
    on 16 May 2024 by bill

    Last month’s Labour Force data release for April 2024, revealed that the Australian labour market was starting to weaken in the face of the fiscal squeeze (the government announced a second successive annual fiscal surplus on Tuesday) and the 11 interest rate hikes since May 2022. Today (May 16, 2024), the Australian Bureau of Statistics…

  • Real wage cuts continue in Australia as profit share rises
    on 15 May 2024 by bill

    The Annual Fiscal Statement for Australia (aka ‘The Budget’) came out last night and ordinarily I would analyse it today. But I am travelling a lot today and also the wage data came out today, so I plan to leave the fiscal policy commentary until next week when I have more time to think about…

  • Degrowth will require humans shovel less energy … into our bodies
    on 13 May 2024 by bill

    I haven’t much time free today and with the federal government’s fiscal statement coming out tomorrow night and wage data and the labour force data coming out Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, it is going to be a full week. Given I am using all my time to finish the manuscript for my next book which…

  • The fiscal lunancy reaches peak levels this time of year
    on 9 May 2024 by bill

    In the last week, as the Federal government comes towards next Tuesday’s annual fiscal statement (aka ‘The Budget’ although we don’t use that terminology around here, do we?) and the State Government’s are progressively delivering their own Budget Statements (they being financially constrained) we have witnessed the absurdity of the system of public finances that…

  • COVID-19 myopia – it actually costs more to have no acute care protocols in place and more people die as a result
    on 6 May 2024 by bill

    I regularly scan research output from disciplines other than economics that I think impacts on economic matters. On April 17, 2024, a new study from medical researchers at the Burnett Institute in Melbourne, working with staff at the Department of Health and Human Services, in Victoria published a pre-print in The Lancet – Admission Screening…

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