September 8, 2021

Lawrence White & Scott Sumner on "The Money Illusion"

  • Lawrence H. White

    Distinguished Senior Fellow, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Scott Sumner

    Ralph G. Hawtrey Chair of Monetary Policy

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Is it possible that the consensus around what caused the 2008 Great Recession is almost entirely wrong? On this episode of the Hayek Program Podcast, Scott Sumner and Lawrence White engage with this question as part of a broader discussion of Sumner's new book, "The Money Illusion: Market Monetarism, the Great Recession, and the Future of Monetary Policy." As part of the discussion, Sumner and White address the 2008 crisis in the context of fundamental questions regarding what type of monetary framework provides the best environment for a flourishing market economy. The pair address the use of tools such as nominal GDP targeting to foster this enviornment and consider the school of thought known as "market monetarism," for which Sumner is a leading advocate.