The short answer to this is that … macroeconomists aren’t really sure.
Clearly, the Federal Reserve has been trying to pursue expansionary monetary policy for a few years. That should lead to inflation. It really hasn’t. Why is that so? David Wessel’s “Capital” column goes over 3 reasons you should be aware of.
Also, we’ll be discussing inflation this week, and you need to be aware of the pattern in this chart from that article:
Read the whole thing, entitled “Will Fed's 'Easy Money' Push Up Prices?” in the January 17 issue of The Wall Street Journal.