Fiscal vs monetary policy, under uncertainty

Heightened uncertainty from a second wave is likely to increase the relative efficacy of fiscal vis-a-vis monetary policy

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Sajjid Chinoy
The first of this two-part series analysed the potential economic impact of the second wave, noting that while the growth hit in the current quarter will be lower than last year at this time, the behavioural scars engendered by a vicious second wave could keep uncertainty elevated in the next quarter at least and, therefore, drive a more gradual recovery. Unsurpr­isingly, several GDP forecasts have been marked down towards 9 per cent for this fiscal year, which would leave the level of output about 8 per cent below India’s pre-pandemic path. How, then, should policy respond?

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First Published: May 24 2021 | 9:34 PM IST

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