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Advisory Board: Steve H. Hanke, Jerry L. Jordan, Lawrence H. White
Director: William J. Luther
Senior Fellows: Nicolás Cachanosky, Gerald P. DwyerJoshua R. Hendrickson, Thomas L. Hogan, Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr., Alexander W. Salter
Fellows: James L. Caton, J.P. Koning

The Corrective Contraction

– August 2, 2022

“This mild recession will soon pass. Lower growth due to a higher trend inflation rate can persist forever—and will if the Fed fails to do its job.” ~ William J. Luther


Inflation and the Fed’s Failure to Act

– August 1, 2022

“Fed officials must prioritize monetary stability over political objectives such as inequality and climate policy. To simplify its operations, the Fed should consider returning to the pre-2008 corridor system of monetary policy.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan


A Simple Guide for Aggregate Demand Management

– July 31, 2022

“We’ve advanced little beyond the classical-liberal prescriptions of free markets, sound money, and peace. ‘Keep it simple, stupid,’ is good enough for government work.” ~ Alexander William Salter


Should the Fed Stimulate Growth?

– July 28, 2022

“Rather than consider whether the Fed should stimulate growth, we should recognize that its primary task is to prevent over- and under-production.” ~ William J. Luther


The Race to Tame Inflation Expectations

– July 25, 2022

“If the FOMC thinks inflation should be higher than 2 percent on average, it should adopt a higher inflation target—say, 3 percent—and compensate for periods of excess inflation by also promoting inflation rates below the average target for extended periods.” ~ James L. Caton


Is the Fed Finally Serious About Inflation?

– July 21, 2022

“Chair Powell has repeatedly claimed that the Fed will use its tools to create price stability. Will he and other Fed officials finally bring inflation back toward their stated two percent target?” ~ Thomas L. Hogan


Fed Must Act Now to Stop Runaway Inflation

– July 15, 2022

“Fed Chair Jerome Powell promised more than six months ago that the Fed would ‘use our tools to make sure that higher inflation does not become entrenched.’ Its actions, however, indicate otherwise.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan


Monetarism Remains a Useful Guide on Inflation

– July 12, 2022

“If the Federal Reserve raises interest rates too quickly, sharply declining M2 growth will signal the risk of recession. Monitoring M2 growth can help in making sure the Fed tightens monetary policy at the appropriate pace, not too fast and not too slow.” ~ Peter N. Ireland


Inflation and Relative Prices

– July 12, 2022

“Although inflation is often classified as a macroeconomic topic, it is clear that a firm understanding of price theory is necessary to work out all of the costs associated with inflation.” ~ Joshua R. Hendrickson


Inflation, Unemployment, and Fed Credibility

– July 11, 2022

“Any time it looks like there’s a tradeoff between unemployment and inflation, something has gone very wrong. We could’ve avoided both horns of the dilemma if the Fed had done its job.” ~ Alexander William Salter


Hollywood’s Monetary Policy

– July 8, 2022

“What is fact versus fiction in this story? While we should surely be wary of Fed-induced risk taking and credit misallocation, I’m skeptical that this was a major problem in the QE period.” ~ Thomas L. Hogan


Inflation Increased In May, New Data Show

– July 1, 2022

“It is difficult to say precisely when the inflation tide will turn. But consumers should expect inflation to remain high throughout the rest of the year.” ~ William J. Luther