The Ghost of Christmas Inflation

John H. Cochrane, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University) writes about the inflationary impact of pent-up demand in the post-pandemic period in his blog, The Grumpy Economist. He writes:

“Milton Friedman once said that if you want inflation, you can just drop money from helicopters. That is basically what the US government has done. But this US inflation is ultimately fiscal, not monetary. People do not have an excess of money relative to bonds; rather, people have extra savings and extra apparent wealth to spend. Had the government borrowed the entire $5 trillion to write the same checks, we likely would have the same inflation.”

In the subsequent sections, he discusses reasons why the Covid-19 related fiscal stimulus produce inflation when previous stimulus efforts from 2008 to 2020 fizzled.

Click here to read the full blog.

Posted by at 11:06 AM

Labels: Macro Demystified


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