A macroeconomist walks into a bar fight

A macroeconomist walks into a bar fight


The Indicator from Planet Money

Friday, 10 June

Welcome to the macroeconomic bar fight. Today, fists are being thrown over the causes of high inflation. But off to the corner stands John Cochrane, an economist with a core explanation for rising prices: government borrowing and spending.

Check out some of our earlier episodes on inflation:
- Why some economists last year were concerned about low interest rates and high government borrowing and spending
- Why the term 'transitory' inflation was banned by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as consumers spent and spent in 2021
- How the war in Ukraine raises prices around the world, including food prices, and a look at grain exports stuck in the country
- Whether corporate greed is to blame for inflation
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