Monday, 23 March 2020

"The reason the economy is in trouble is not enough people and businesses kept cash reserves or plans to weather a shut down. If the ants bail out the grasshoppers without consequences, we will enter the next crisis with nothing but grasshoppers." #QotD


"Everyone is watching. If debts lead to bailouts with no consequences, there will be more debts and more bailouts. Yes, even now we have to watch moral hazard. We are setting precedents for the next larger pandemic.
    "The only reason the economy is in trouble is that not enough people and businesses kept cash reserves or plans to weather a shut down. If the ants bail out the grasshoppers without consequences, we will enter the next crisis with nothing but grasshoppers.
    "If there is going to be a bailout this consideration makes it ever more important that the government lends money, or invests, and is paid back first before any current creditors or stockholders. Don't just send a cheque."

~ John Cochrane, the Grumpy Economist, from his post 'Airline Bailouts and Capital Regulation'

NB: more discusssion here: A grumpy economist podcast on virus economics so far:



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1 comment:

  1. Boeing wre buying back their own shares at massive rates to fake up the value, now even Steve Bannon says they have to be bailed out. The bail out should mean the public own all the bloody sheares they buy and at a set reduced price.

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