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Inflation: on porridge, prices and the new normal

What do porridge and prices have in common? How do music and video streaming affect inflation? And is low inflation the new normal? Our host Michael Steen discusses with guests Christiane Nickel, Frank Smets, and ECB Chief Economist Philip R. Lane.

The views expressed are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of the European Central Bank.

Published on 31 October 2019 and recorded on 10 and 14 October 2019.

In this episode

00:45
Keeping prices stable

Keeping prices stable: Why should prices go up, what is the link between wages and prices, and how does working towards our inflation target help to stabilise the economy?

12:07
The new normal

The new normal: How are changes in price measured, what factors drive inflation, and how do globalisation, demographics and e-commerce affect inflation?

23:20
Forecasting inflation

Why do central banks need to provide accurate forecasts, how are these forecasts produced, and why can this process be challenging?