According to research delivered to bankers at a Jackson Hole symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Federal Reserve will fail to control inflation unless states begin to take responsibility for spending.
Francesco Bianchi of the Johns Hopkins University and Leo Melosi of the Chicago Fed, the original study writers, cautioned that stagnation might result from rising interest rates if there were insufficient restraints on government expenditure.
“If the prospect of proper fiscal adjustment is absent, the worsening of fiscal imbalances results in even greater inflation pressure.”
The study’s authors concluded that this would lead to an upward spiral of rising nominal rates, rising inflation, economic turmoil, and increased debt.
Joe Biden fighting inflation:
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They argued that if governments don’t spend money wisely, the private sector’s expectation of high inflation will raise prices while aggressive monetary policy lowers economic production.
The authors stated a “hawkish monetary policy” would have reduced prices by only one percent at the expense of roughly 3.4 percentage points less production. This sacrifice ratio is pretty high.
Spending Blitz Returns
Following the surge of COVID-related economic stimulus, there was a brief lull before government spending resumed in the US.
On August 16, President Biden signed the “Inflation Reduction Act,” which was endorsed by Democrats and adds around $433 billion in additional expenditure.
Democrats asserted the bill’s tougher enforcement of the tax rules will reduce the deficit by about $292 billion yearly. On Wednesday, the government also unveiled a comprehensive proposal to eliminate student loans.
Individuals or families making less than $125,000 annually or $250,000 annually will be qualified for up to $10,000 in debt forgiveness, under the plan. The maximum amount of assistance available to Pell Grant participants who fulfill these income requirements is $20,000.
Over the next ten years, it will cost, according to the White House’s estimates, $24 billion annually. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, meanwhile, said the price will be far more than what the Biden government predicted.
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According to the business school, the cost of President Biden’s planned student loan debt forgiveness alone will range from $469 billion to $519 billion over a ten-year budget frame.
Factors Not Under Federal Reserve Authority
The Reserve Bank raised the federal fund rates to 2.5 percent during the past few months, an increase of 225 basis points. Data indicates prices may have reached their peak.
Consumer prices increased by 6.3 percent from a year ago in July after increasing by 6.8 percent in June, based on a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday.
However, there are more variables driving inflation outside the money supply that have central bankers and economists concerned. One of them continues to be the recent decline of the GDP that happened twice in a row, thus indicating a recession.
Long story short, America’s economy is far from out of the woods.This article appeared in Conservative Cardinal and has been published here with permission.