A police officer keeps watch in front of the U. Success in anchoring inflation in the s and s defined central banking throughout the developed world. Raising that target to 3 or even 4 percent as some economists have suggested would shift the outlook of firms in particular, allowing them to charge more for goods and pay more for labor without the fear that a central bank would step on the brakes.
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More services and features.The Federal Reserve could have cut short the Great Recession by a year if it had set a 4 percent inflation target in , but raising the target now would probably do little to help the economy.
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