Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 7–17 | Cite as

How to grow faster

  • Lawrence B. Lindsey


While "How do we grow faster?" is a question often asked of central bankers, there are really only three factors to economic growth: how fast labor is growing, how fast the capital stock is growing, and how well labor and capital are being used. Monetary policy undoubtedly has an effect on how efficiently labor and capital can be used and, temporarily, on the level of investment. But in the long run, the best prescription for growth vis á vis monetary policy is a stable, predictable, low inflationary environment. Public policy can have an effect on economic growth more directly through better management of public sector resources. Reform of education and entitlements and using cost-benefit analysis in both spending and regulation are the most likely means of improving economic growth.


Economic Growth Public Policy Public Sector Monetary Policy International Economic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence B. Lindsey
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  1. 1.Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve SystemUSA

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