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Strong Employment, Low Inflation: How Has the US Economy Done So Well?

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This paper reviews the strong economic news from the United States over the 1990s, with continuing economic growth in the presence of low unemployment and low inflation. This favourable unemployment- inflation trade-off has been possible in part because of a series of factors that kept price inflation low. In addition, a number of labour market changes have also allowed output (and employment) to grow without wage inflation. The paper explores a variety of theories about the long-run prospects for these trends to continue. The final section discusses some policy issues raised by this ongoing expansion.

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  • Rebecca M. Blank, 2000. "Strong Employment, Low Inflation: How Has the US Economy Done So Well?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 26(s1), pages 175-186, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:26:y:2000:i:s1:p:175-186
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    1. Lawrence F. Katz & Alan B. Krueger, 1999. "The High-Pressure U.S. Labor Market of the 1990s," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 30(1), pages 1-88.
    2. Bruce D. Meyer & Dan T. Rosenbaum, 2001. "Welfare, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Labor Supply of Single Mothers," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 116(3), pages 1063-1114.
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    1. Yesim Kustepeli, 2005. "A comprehensive short-run analysis of a (possible) Turkish Phillips curve," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(5), pages 581-591.

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