Robert Hall, Susan Woodward, 13 April 2009

The Fed’s astoundingly large increase in reserves has many worried about future inflation and wringing their hands over exit strategies. This column argues that the Fed can control inflation by varying the interest rate it pays (or charges) banks on their reserve holding. Consequently, the Fed’s exit strategy need not be constrained by concerns about inflation – reserve interest-rate policy can take care of inflation, but the Fed should publically announce this policy.

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