This post originally appeared on The Finance Buff.
This is a quick update on recent arguments by economists that high inflation is not to be feared at this time.
- Paul Krugman’s NYT column today makes the case that current inflation fears are unwarranted.
- As I’ve already written, CBO is predicting little inflation.
- A list of reasons why high inflation is unlikely was given by Scott Sumner in a post earlier this month.
- Menzie Chinn’s analysis of real and nominal interest rates suggest low inflation expectations.
- I linked to additional details provided by James Hamilton, Susan Woodward, and Robert Hall in a prior post.
I’m sure one can find economists who have written that high inflation is inevitable. I tend not to run into those arguments as often as those referenced above. Feel free to post links in comments to this post to contrary opinions by economists.
Later: Here’s a Slate article by Danile Gross that includes descriptions of positions by economists that are contrary to Krugman’s position referenced above.