Inflation, Unemployment, and Monetary Policy





Edited and with an introduction by Benjamin M. Friedman The connection between price inflation and real economic activity has been a focus of macroeconomic research—and debate—for much of the past century. Although this connection is crucial to our understanding of what monetary policy can and cannot accomplish, opinions about its basic properties have swung widely over the years. Today, virtually everyone studying monetary policy acknowledges that, contrary to what many modern macroeconomic models suggest, central bank actions often affect both inflation and measures of real economic activity, such as output, unemployment, and incomes. But the nature and magnitude of these effects are not yet understood. In this volume, Robert M. Solow and John B. Taylor present their views on the dilemmas facing U.S. monetary policymakers. The discussants are Benjamin M. Friedman, James K. Galbraith, N. Gregory Mankiw, and William Poole. The aim of this lively exchange of views is to make both an intellectual contribution to macroeconmics and a practical contribution to the solution of a public policy question of central importance.


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Benjamin M. Friedman

Benjamin M. Friedman is William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University and the author of The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth.


  • The authors' names will make you pick it up. The thoughtful and engaging prose won't let you put it down. Be glad, for this little book well rewards the time you spend with it.

    Alan S. Blinder

    Professor of Economics, Princeton University; former Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

  • Solow and Taylor, two of America's leading economists, provide clear, persuasive, and opposing answers to a critical question—how to achieve both high employment and price stability.

    Herbert Stein

    Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute