Wednesday 3 May 2023

We need to talk about inflation

What history has to teach us about surging prices

Book launch event for We Need to Talk About Inflation by Stephen King

From investors and academics, to governments and central banks, almost everyone had assumed high and persistent inflation was dead and buried. But with inflation having soared to double-digits, people the world over are confronting a new economic reality of surging prices.

Reflecting on six key lessons from across the history of inflation, Stephen King’s new book We Need to Talk About Inflation examines the political and social upheaval it can cause and proposes ways for policymakers to avoid repeating the failures of the past.

What are the causes of today’s inflation surge? How worried should consumers and policymakers be about persistently high inflation? And how should fiscal and monetary policy makers respond?

To mark the launch of Stephen King’s new book, the Resolution Foundation is hosting a launch at its Westminster office. Stephen will be joined by leading macroeconomic expert Silvia Ardagna for a discussion on the outlook for inflation across the world in the years ahead.

The event will be open for people to physically attend, alongside being broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.