Understanding Government Finance

Understanding Government Finance

by Brian Romanchuk

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Understanding Government Finance by Brian Romanchuk

The government budget is not like a household budget. This report introduces the financial operations used by a central government with a free-floating currency, and explains how they differ from that of a household or corporation. The focus is on what constraints such a government faces, and explains why such governments only face a limited risk of involuntary default.

It introduces a simplified framework for the monetary system, along with the operating procedures that are associated with it. Complications seen in the real world are then added to this framework.

This report also acts as an introduction to some of the concepts used by Modern Monetary Theory, a school of thought within post-Keynesian economics.

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BN ID: 2940151688437
Publisher: BondEconomics
Publication date: 06/04/2015
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Brian Romanchuk founded the website BondEconomics.com in 2013. It is a website dedicated to providing analytical tools for the understanding of the bond markets and monetary economics. He previously was a senior fixed income analyst at la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. He held a few positions, including being the head of quantitative analysis for fixed income. He worked there from 2006-2013. Previously, he worked as a quantitative analyst at BCA Research, a Montréal-based economic-financial research consultancy, from 1998-2005. During that period, he developed a number of proprietary models for fixed income analysis, as well as covering the economies of a few developed countries.

Brian received a Ph.D. in Control Systems Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and held post-doctoral positions there and at McGill University. His undergraduate degree was in electrical engineering, from McGill. He is a CFA charter holder.

Brian currently lives in the greater Montréal area.

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