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Cleveland Fed Researchers Propose ‘A New Measure of Consumers’ (In)Attention to Inflation’

A new measure of consumers’ attention to inflation has potential implications for how closely policymakers should track the inflation expectations of “attentive” consumers.

In the Economic Commentary, “A New Measure of Consumers’ (In)Attention to Inflation,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland researchers Hana Braitsch and James Mitchell use data from a daily Cleveland Fed survey to develop the new measure of attention. Specifically, the researchers look for consistency between two differently worded questions about inflation expectations to assess whether the respondents are attentive or inattentive to inflation.

“With consumers more alert to inflation, their expectations are more informative, likely to be less sticky, and so should be tracked closely by policymakers when assessing inflationary pressures in the economy,” Braitsch and Mitchell say. “They represent consumers’ more-considered views of what will happen to inflation.”

Read the Economic Commentary: A New Measure of Consumers’ (In)Attention to Inflation

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