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Podcast: Inflation, Recession, and Fairness

Centre for Future Work Director Jim Stanford recently joined renowned political analyst and opinion researcher David Herle, on his Herle Burly podcast, to discuss the rising risk of recession in Canada, why the Bank of Canada is raising interest rates so aggressively, and whether there is a fairer way to manage post-COVID inflationary pressures. Stanford warned of the dangers of applying 1970s-vintage inflation theories and remedies to the unique combination of supply disruptions, energy price shocks, and oligopolistic market power than explain the current upsurge in inflation. He also emphasized that governments have ample fiscal room (given rapidly shrinking deficits) to support jobs and economic activity in months if the economy does indeed enter recession: “When there’s an urgent social need, government has both the responsibility and the means to meet that need – whether it’s a war against fascism [like WW2] or a war against a virus.”

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Jim Stanford is Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work. He divides his time between Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. Jim is one of Canada’s best-known economic commentators. He served for over 20 years as Economist and Director of Policy with Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector trade union.