VOX, CEPR Policy Analysis | Marijn A. Bolhuis, Judd N. L. Cramer, Lawrence H. Summers
Many believe that the current elevated inflation in the US will subside as a range of factors associated with bottlenecks in the goods sector are alleviated. This column argues that the way that residential services inflation is measured and the characteristics of the housing market kept inflation down in 2021 despite large increases in real-time private sector measures. These past increases ensure an uptick in recorded housing inflation in 2022. The authors project that that residential inflation will peak in late 2022, but it will remain elevated in 2023 and that this could make a substantial contribution to overall inflation. Read the full post here.