Helicopter Money as an Alternative Crisis Tool?


4 pm





Did central banks contribute to the recent inflation shocks with low interest rates and bond purchases? And to the fact that asset values have risen so sharply for years? Would it have been better (then) to adopt a very different kind of expansionary monetary policy to counter the deflationary aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis? IMF economist Sascha Bützer has just published a widely acclaimed study on this question. In it, the researcher explains that and how a policy could work in which central banks do not send money to banks but directly to private households – the buzzword helicopter money.


We have discussed what speaks for and against this in our New Economy Short Cut with Sascha Bützer and comments from the Director of Financial Markets at DIW Berlin Dorothea Schäfer.


Sascha Bützer

is an economist in the IMF's Middle East and Central Asia Department. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Germany at the Fund. His research focuses on monetary policy.

Dorothea Schäfer

is Research Director of the Financial Markets Department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Adjunct Professor at the Jönköping International Business School. Her research topics include banking regulation, financial markets, and green finance.