Longer-Run Trends and the U.S. Economy

Abstract: Current trends point to slow long-run growth for the U.S. economy. But steps can be taken to address some of the factors underlying these trends in order to improve the economic health of individuals and communities and to maintain and enhance our future standard of living. Government policies, if they are well-designed and focused on spurring productive investments in human and physical capital, R&D, and innovation, can lead to higher productivity growth and higher longer-run growth. Ensuring a resilient financial system, through appropriate regulation and supervision that keeps up with changes in technology, is also an essential part of a healthy economy. While monetary policy cannot affect the economy’s long-term growth rate, it can do its part by returning the economy to price stability, which is necessary for the longer-run health of labor markets, the financial system, and the overall economy.

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Part of Series: Speech

Publication Date: 2023-05-16