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Independent Fed and Housing Optimism - October 16, 2018

As President Trump and Fed members exchange words following the recent market wobbles, we discuss 2005 research from the St. Louis Fed analyzing the Great Inflation, analyzing the human and political elements that complicated and informed the decision making. Housing continues to be in focus as builders continue to be optimistic, despite continued tightness in the labor market.

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Wage Dynamics Revisited: The American Worker - April 17, 2018

Following up on the Philips curve conundrum, a number of sources, including Axios and the New York Times, examine dynamics affecting the labor market, including the opioid epidemic, decreased geographic mobility, and the problems with worker retraining. Fed data pointed to shortages in the labor pool, while the Wall Street Journal covered companies hiring skilled teenagers to make up for labor shortages.

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