High Hopes: Will Inflation Come Down?

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour — This week on the program, a panel of experts discusses the current inflation and its relation to consumption, labor, the pandemic and corporate power.

Last month, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25% in an attempt to combat inflationary pressure, the first such move since late 2018. But the move has yet to curb raising prices or significantly slow the stock market. However, the Fed has signaled the intent to hike interest rates later this year.

This week’s panel attempts to demystify the causes of inflation and offers potential public policy solutions that could ease the squeeze felt by consumers. The panel includes Dr. Ivan Mendieta-Munoz, assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah; Phil Dean, public finance senior research fellow at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; and Marshall Steinbaum, assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah. Moderating the panel is Rudi Von Arnim, associate professor in the Economics Department at the University of Utah.

This forum was recorded on March 2nd, 2022.