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  • OilandFoodPrices

    Do Rises in Oil Prices Mean Rises in Food Prices?

    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Over the past 10 years, crude oil and agricultural commodity prices have increased substantially. Is there a link?

  • neo-fisherism

    What Does Neo-Fisherism Say about Unconventional Monetary Policy?

    Thursday, November 10, 2016

    When central banks encounter low inflation and low nominal interest rates, they tend to use unconventional monetary policy. What does Neo-Fisherism say about these policies?

  • neo-fisherism

    How Neo-Fisherism Differs from Conventional Central Banking Wisdom

    Tuesday, November 08, 2016

    In contrast to conventional wisdom, Neo-Fisherism suggests that central banks could increase inflation by raising their nominal interest rate targets.

  • neo-fisherism

    How Do Central Banks Typically Control Inflation?

    Monday, November 07, 2016

    Central banks tend to increase their nominal interest rate target when inflation is above their inflation target and vice versa. 

  • capacity utilization

    Employment, Capacity Utilization and Business Cycles

    Thursday, October 13, 2016

    Capacity utilization and employment tend to comove along the business cycle, but lately the two measures have diverged.

  • JobInterview

    The Speed of Filling Jobs Is Declining

    Monday, October 10, 2016

    Jobs were getting filled faster during and immediately after the Great Recession, but the rate seems to be declining.

  • iowa electronic markets and the presidential election

    What Does the Market Say about the Presidential Election?

    Thursday, October 06, 2016

    There is a market where securities pay out based on the presidential election. What is it projecting about the outcome?

  • st louis fed price pressures measure

    What Will Inflation Be over the Next Year?

    Tuesday, October 04, 2016

    The St. Louis Fed’s Price Pressures Measure, which predicts inflation over the next 12 months, shows a 9 percent chance of inflation above 2.5 percent.

  • great moderation

    Was the Great Moderation Simply on Vacation?

    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Some said increased volatility around the most recent recession was a sign the Great Moderation was over. But was this just a temporary blip instead?

  • aging populations

    Aging Populations May Mean Lower Economic Growth

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Developed countries are seeing a rise in their age-dependency ratios. What’s the potential long-term economic impact?