·December 18, 2019
Fletcher School, Tufts University, and Wellesley College
This conversation was recorded on August 1, 2019.
Inflation has gone from being a threat to the economy because it was too high in the 1970s, to being a source of concern today because it is too low. Since 2012, the U.S. Federal Reserve has been persistently unable to lift inflation to reach its 2% target. Why
·October 8, 2019
Inflation has averaged just over 1-1/2 percent over the past decade, well below the Federal Reserve’s target of 2 percent. Such low inflation for such an extended stretch is quite unusual given historical economic relationships. With the current unemployment rate near historic lows, the persistent soft
·August 13, 2018
The United States Treasury Department is reportedly studying
whether it can issue regulations that would allow taxpayers to account for inflation when calculating taxes on capital gains. Such a change has been considered in the past. Taxing savings, like taxing any economic activity, distorts the functioning ...
·August 6, 2017
Fletcher School, Tufts University
Today's low inflation has some economists puzzled. The Federal Reserve has persistently undershot its inflation target of 2 percent since 2012, when it established this level of inflation as one of its policy goals. Modest inflation has a number of benefits, and some concerns have been raised
by the persistence ...