Arthur Burns and Inflation
24 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2012
Date Written: 1998
Arthur Burns, Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve System from February 1970 until December 1977, was fiercely opposed to inflation. Yet, over his eight-year tenure, prices increased at an annualized rate of 6.5 percent. Why? One reason was Burns's belief that inflation arose from a variety of special factors, each of which was largely out of the control of the Federal Reserve.
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