Alex Tabarrok

Fifty Years of Economic History in one Figure

Blog Post created by Alex Tabarrok on Dec 11, 2015

Originally posted on November 5, 2009.


David Beckworth sums up a lot of recent economic history in one figure.




A few thoughts:  I wish Arnold Kling were correct that inflation is around the corner.  We could use some inflation to get back on track.  Nominal wages are simply not flexible enough to get the job done in short order and there is much to fear from populist backlash.


See also the link above for a remarkably similar figure for the OECD which illustrates the US's role of monetary hegemon.