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Selgin on Bad and Good Deflation

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A few weeks ago at the Adam Smith Institute [2] in the U.K., George Selgin discussed deflation – bad deflation, yes (think, for example, of the Great Contraction as identified by Friedman & Schwartz [3]and good deflation (that is, deflation caused by productivity growth [4]).  The important distinction that George emphasizes is, sadly, lost on most modern economists – a failure of economists that causes all manner of misinterpretation of the historical record and, hence, also promotes misinterpretation of current phenomena.  (Corrected – thanks to Reuvain Borchardt – to rid the earlier version of a typo.)