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The unreliability of inflation indicators

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  • Stephen G. Cecchetti
  • Rita S. Chu
  • Charles Steindel

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Analysts seeking evidence of rising inflation often focus on the movements of a single indicator_an increase in the price of gold, for example, or a decline in the unemployment rate. But simple statistical tests reveal that such indicators, used in isolation, have very limited predictive power.

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  • Stephen G. Cecchetti & Rita S. Chu & Charles Steindel, 2000. "The unreliability of inflation indicators," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 6(Apr).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednci:y:2000:i:apr:n:v.6no.4
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