Fed’s Powell: Inflation Can Be Tamed Without “Very High Social Costs”

Referring to former Fed chair Paul Volcker’s battle against inflation in the early 1980s, when Fed policy triggered a recession and the unemployment rate topped 10%, Powell said in comments at a Cato Institute conference Volcker was trying to uproot years of rising inflation expectations. Volcker “followed several failed attempts,” to lower inflation, Powell said.

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