The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air Date: April 13, 2022) — This week on the program, a panel of experts discusses the current inflation and its relation to consumption, labor, the COVID-19 pandemic and corporate power.
Since March of this year, the Federal Reserve has hiked interest rates five times in an effort to curb consumer prices. Commentators have criticized the aggressive action as fears of a recession domestically and internationally continue to grow. Others fear the inflation and higher interest rates will dissolve the wage gains the labor market has made in the past year.
Today’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.
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