Episode 26: Is Today’s Inflation More Reminiscent of 1970s Inflation or 1940s Inflation? We Present a Contrarian View

Mar 31, 2022

The red-hot inflation story of 2021-2022 is drawing comparisons to inflation of the 1970s, that awful period of low growth, high unemployment, and high inflation — otherwise known as “stagflation.” That comparison may be flawed. Perhaps a better comparison is that time just after WWII.

Here are just a handful of the things that we'll discuss:

  1. We are indeed experiencing the highest inflation since the early 1980s, which really had its roots in the 1970s.
  2. Still, conditions in this decade are very different from 50 years ago.
  3. After WWII, higher inflation resulted from manufacturing disruptions, rebounding demand for consumer goods, and soaring money growth… Sound familiar?


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