Paul Krugman foi recentemente contratado pelo “Income Inequality Institute” com um salário de $250.000/ano, feito que o coloca no top 2% da distribuição de rendimentos nos EUA.
Presume-se, então, que Paul Krugman foi contratado para se estudar a ele próprio. O que, em parlance Keynesiana, é o análogo a colocar notas em garrafas, cavar um buraco, enterrá-las para logo depois desenterrá-las, concluindo finalmente que isso aumentaria a riqueza real.
“If the Treasury were to fill old bottles with banknotes, bury them at suitable depths in disused coalmines which are then filled up to the surface with town rubbish, and leave it to private enterprise on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again (the right to do so being obtained, of course, by tendering for leases of the note-bearing territory), there need be no more unemployment and, with the help of the repercussions, the real income of the community, and its capital wealth also, would probably become a good deal greater than it actually is. It would, indeed, be more sensible to build houses and the like; but if there are political and practical difficulties in the way of this, the above would be better than nothing.”
– John Maynard Keynes