Cochrane Fall For several years, a heated debate has raged among economists and policymakers about whether we face a serious risk of inflation. That debate has focused largely on the Federal Reserve — especially on whether the Fed has been too aggressive in increasing the money supply, whether it has kept interest rates too low, and whether it can be relied on to reverse course if signs of inflation emerge. But these questions miss a grave danger. As a result of the federal government's enormous debt and deficits, substantial inflation could break out in America in the next few years.
Search Toggle display of website navigation Argument: August 27,9: Tokyo stocks closed 2. The figures, announced on Aug. News headlines blared that the recovery strategy is in trouble.
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The new worries about Japan have come even though the actual data is far from alarming. Despite the quarterly downturn, growth for the first half of the year was still a respectable 2. A sharply weaker yen has helped exporters and pushed up profits from the overseas operations of big Japanese companies.
But progress on much of the legislative agenda has been slow.
Roosevelt school of policymaking: Instead of referring to arcane econometric data, he simply said the central bank would create a steady inflation rate of 2 percent by doubling the monetary base the narrowest definition of the money supply within two years.
And it succeeded, at least for a while. The core figures for the consumer price index CPIthe most closely watched measure of inflation counting the cost of household goods and services minus fresh foods, maxed out at 1.
The latest figures show that the core CPI was up just 0. At least part of the answer lies in global oil prices, which have provided a very tangible reduction in energy costs for Japanese families.
The CPI data shows that fuel and electricity costs were down 3. That should give the average person more money to spend and push up consumption of other goods. The reaction has been the opposite. Overall private consumption fell 0.
Underlying this has been a broader view that Abenomics has so far failed to deliver — at least for the average person.
There are also some tangible reasons for individuals to remain cautious about the future. For Abenomics to work, higher prices must coincide with higher wages; otherwise, people will be worse off and therefore even less likely to spend.
And the government has trumpeted the closely watched spring labor negotiations between unions and major manufacturers, which produced a pretty solid increase of more than 2 percent for However, that has yet to show up in the broader wage data covering a wider set of workers: Employee compensation was up a modest 0.
That figure peaked at 2.makers became too optimistic about how hot the economy could run without generating inflation pressures. It was a general view that unemployment could be kept at the low level like 3 or 4.
Inflation and Debt. In fact, however, fears of future deficits can also cause inflation today. The key reason is that our government is now funded mostly by rolling over relatively short-term debt, not by selling long-term bonds that will come due in some future time of projected budget surpluses.
If the Fed wants to slow down inflation.
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Inflation rate targeting also means that the Fed won't allow inflation to rise much above the 2 percent core inflation rate. If inflation rises too much above the target, the Fed will implement contractionary monetary policy to keep it from spiraling out of control.
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