Davis compares the state of the U.S. economy today with that of 1967, a year some observers flag as a guidepost to a “soft”—or recession-free—economic landing. Parallels between the periods go only so far, he writes, but they offer three lessons:
- Fed policymakers should raise interest rates well above the current inflation rate and hold them there for at least a year.
- The Fed should limit its reliance on unobservable indicators, such as the “nonaccelerating inflation rate of unemployment” and the “neutral rate of interest.”
- A balance between the supply of and demand for labor is critical. One key indicator, the ratio of job openings to the number of unemployed, shows that the Fed must continue its campaign against inflation.