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Will Powell pop the Volcker pill as stagflation risks rise?

Many view that monetary policy is ill-suited to deal with supply-side shocks — such as rising prices because of war, high energy prices, or supply chain disruptions

March 30, 2022 / 12:44 PM IST
Will Powell pop the Volcker pill as stagflation risks rise?

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell (File image)

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As the world faces a geopolitical catastrophe with the continuation of the Russia–Ukraine war, the central banks of most countries will have to be prepared to deal with the economic malaise known as stagflation. The knock-on effect of the war and the sanctions — financial and trade — against Russia will get reflected in inflation that has been rising even before the Ukriane war due to supply-chain gridlock, and is now being exacerbated by rising energy prices. Moreover, growth is...

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