SOURCE: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

January 03, 2008 15:21 ET

Richmond Fed's "Economic Quarterly" Evaluates How Well a Phillips Curve Accounts for the Changing Nature of Inflation in the United States

"Evolving Inflation Dynamics and the New Keynesian Phillips Curve" by Andreas Hornstein

RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwire - January 3, 2008) - The Phillips curve has long been used to represent the tradeoff between inflation and economic activity. However, since the mid-1960s, many theorists have agreed that during periods of persistently high inflation, this model does not hold true. Has the U.S. economy become too complex for this economic model? Richmond Fed economist Andreas Hornstein examines a more contemporary model to determine if it can better reflect the changing nature of inflation in the United States.

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Also in the Fall 2007 issue:

--  "The Evolution of City Population Density in the United States" by
    Kevin A. Bryan, Brian D. Minton, and Pierre-Daniel G. Sarte
--  "Currency Quality and Changes in the Behavior of Depository
    Institutions" by Hubert P. Janicki, Nashat F. Moin, Andrea L. Waddle, and
    Alexander L. Wolman
--  "Non-Stationarity and Instability in Small Open-Economy Models Even
    When They Are 'Closed'"  by Thomas A. Lubik

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