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July 15, 2022

Agree to Disagree: Can the Fed Manage a Soft Landing?

The Fed recently announced aggressive interest rate hikes and is signaling more to come. Its goal? To stabilize the economy amid surging inflation (reaching rates not seen in some 40 years) and lingering supply chain disruptions and shortages. But just what can the Fed actually do to stave off a potential recession? While many are calling on the central bank to use its monetary policy tools to quell consumer demand and help stabilize the economy, others warn that higher interest rates will backfire and end up hurting the nation's most vulnerable. In this episode, two esteemed economists debate the Fed's role in the modern economy, the potential for a "soft landing," and the policy choices that will shape our economy in the months ahead.

We Should Defund the Police
Winner: Yes
Yes: +2.37%
No: -2.37%
Police Unions Do More Harm than Good
Winner: Yes
Yes: +3.94%
No: -3.94%
The Police Have Become too Militarized
Winner: No
Yes: -2.36%
No: +2.36%
CLIPS BLOCK
ABOUT THE DEBATERS
Dean Baker
Dean Baker - Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research
Dean Baker is a senior economist at the Center for Economic Policy Research and the author of severa... read bio
Yeva Nersisyan
Yeva Nersisyan - Economics Professor, Franklin and Marshall College
Yeva Nersisyan is a macroeconomist working in the modern money theory, post-Keynesian, and instituti... read bio