Stephanie Kelton on not paying back the COVID debt

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We ask Stephanie Kelton how we should think about the coronavirus debt through an MMT lens

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22 April 2021 | 26 minute listen

In this week’s podcast we speak to Stephanie Kelton, the leading proponent of modern monetary theory. Last July we heard a critical case from MMT from Ian Lance of RWC but this is the first time we have laid out the case for the defence. We ask Stephanie how we should think about the coronavirus debt through an MMT lens. What are the constraints on government spending? How applicable is MMT for different economies?

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