Wendy Carlin's picture
Affiliation: 
University College London
Credentials: 
Professor of economics

Voting history

Monetary policy and the zero lower bound (ZLB)

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Question 1: Do you agree that it is feasible for the UK authorities to change the monetary system so that materially negative policy interest rates could be safely implemented? (In answering, you may wish to explain your reasons and define your view of 'material')

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Answer:
Disagree
Confidence level:
Not confident

Greece’s elections and the future of the Eurozone

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Question 2: Do you agree that refusal of the core EU countries to a renegotiation of the Greek bailout agreements would carry serious risks for the economic well-being of the Eurozone?

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Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
Given that Greece is now running a primary surplus, a constructive process of debt restructuring is the best option not only for Greece but for the Eurozone.

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Question 1: Do you agree that a Syriza victory on 25 January would lead to a significant or sustained escalation in spreads for other peripheral Eurozone countries?

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Answer:
Neither agree nor disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
It's possible that a Syriza victory would mark the beginning of a constructive process of debt restructuring not only in Greece but elsewhere in the Eurozone. It is very difficult to predict how this would affect spreads.

Migration and the UK economy August 2014

Question 1: Do you agree that migration to the UK can be expected to be beneficial for the average income of current UK inhabitants in the upcoming decade?

Answer:
Agree
Confidence level:
Confident

UK House Prices and Macro-Prudential Policy July 2014

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Question 2: When housing-related risk is deemed excessive from the viewpoint of financial stability, do you agree that the correct response is to deploy macro-prudential tools, leaving interest rates focused on the needs of inflation and aggregate real activity?

 
Answer:
Neither agree nor disagree
Confidence level:
Confident
Comment:
Such a neat division of tools for targeting the housing market and the business cycle is unlikely to be possible but macroprudential tools linked directly to housing should be used when housing-related risk is deemed excessive.

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