The Fed’s preferred inflation measure is services excluding energy services and housing. That inflation rate has consistently been 2-3 percentage points faster than it was before the pandemic, with remarkably little volatility. The combined picture is not terrible, in the grand scheme of things, but it is also consistent with the claim that the last bit of excess inflation will not be squeezed out without some significant disruption to the real economy. I still hope that a truly immaculate disinflation can be achieved, but I am increasingly skeptical that it is the likeliest outcome.
- Date Posted:
- June 30, 2023
Global house prices have certainly come off the boil. They are 3% below their recent peak, or 8-10% lower once adjusted for inflation. This is in line with the average correction since the late 19th century. Yet this slump should have been different because it followed a boom when prices rose at their fastest rate of all time. The upshot is that real house prices remain miles above the level of 2019. Three factors explain the rich world’s surprising housing resilience: migration, household finances, and people’s preferences.