Geniuses At Work

by Don Boudreaux on November 11, 2010

in Growth, Inflation, Myths and Fallacies

In today’s Wall Street Journal, U.S Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Singapore Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, and Australia Treasurer Wayne Swan worry aloud that, in emerging economies, “rapid growth” increases “the risk of domestic inflation.”

Baloney.

Inflation is the result of too much money chasing too few goods.  So by increasing the flow of goods (and services) produced in an economy, rapid growth decreases the risk of domestic inflation. That the finance ministers of three major world governments do not understand this fundamental fact is appalling.

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