The Social and Political Challenge of Inflation: An Economist’s View

This Special Issue of the Journal of Law Reform has been nourished, at least in an emotional sense, by this same concern. The editors of the Journal apparently share the widespread frustration regarding what seem to increasing numbers of citizens as the largely intractable nature of the country’s current economic ills. There is a certain apprehension that we may not be able to develop solutions to our lagging productivity, to our continuing inflation and unemployment, to our energy “problem,” or to a host of other “economic” issues currently outstanding on the national agenda: unemployment of young people and minorities, environmental decay, economic security, trade policy, and the role of government in guiding our economic destiny.