New Cleveland Fed research: High short-term inflation expectations could make it harder to bring down inflation than before the pandemic
April 17, 2023—Historically, a slowing economy has helped to lower inflation. But in the post-pandemic world, high short term inflation expectations could put greater upward pressure on current inflation, even when long-term inflation expectations remain anchored around the 2 percent inflation target.
That is the main takeaway of a new report from the Cleveland Fed’s Center for Inflation Research. In “Trend Inflation and Implications for the Phillips Curve,” research economist Ina Hajdini uses a novel approach to estimate the inflation trend. She finds that even though monetary policy is able to have slightly more powerful effects on inflation than before the pandemic, short-term inflation expectations now matter more for current inflation than do longer-term inflation expectations.
“While a slowing economy would help to bring down inflation through the steeper slope of the Phillips curve, elevated short-term inflation expectations…could keep boosting inflation to a larger extent than they had during the prepandemic period,” Hajdini writes.
Read the Economic Commentary: https://clevelandfed.org/publications/economic-commentary/2023/ec-202307-trend-inflation-implications-phillips-curve
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