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November/December 1997, 
Vol. 79, No. 6
Posted 1997-11-01

To Conclude: Keep Inflation Low and, in Principle, Eliminate It

by Thomas C. Melzer

The U.S. economy performed well across the board in 1997, with low unemployment, robust economic growth, and the lowest sustained inflation in decades. Nevertheless, the current framework for monetary policymaking does not ensure that inflation is down for the count, says Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis president Thomas C. Melzer in a speech reprinted here. Melzer argues that the Federal Reserve ought to secure the best environment for economic growth by adopting multi-year inflation targets to reduce the trend rate of inflation and keep inflation low.