Low Interest Rates and the Economy: A Mercatus Colloquium

Invited scholars have contributed essays that bring the best theory and data to bear on the following question as it applies to their individual research focus: “What are the fiscal and economic implications of current low interest rates and of a 200-basis-point increase in the bellwether rates?” In their essays, the authors discuss predictable implications as well as less foreseeable issues. They explore why interest rates are where they are now and what such rates mean for retirement, Social Security, US debt, interest on the US debt, and other related economic questions.

Contributors are affiliated with the Mercatus Center and other research centers that focus on economic policy issues. 

Essays in the series