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Everyone wonders why, despite very low unemployment and a budget-busting combination of lower taxes and more government spending, we still see so little consumer price pressure. Economics is Changing When the consumer price index CPI data was released this Wednesday stocks plunged at first, only to rebound strongly as commentators unbundled contradictions in the data.
One featured headline focused on apparel prices, which rose 1. The big issue, as always, was a miss at the top level where economists had expected a 0. Amid all the discussion however, precious little attention was paid to the fundamentals of consumer price increases.
In practical terms these boil down to the pricing power business has over consumers and the underlying impact of technology on costs. Winning in this environment requires most businesses to look backwards at their operations and supply chain for cost savings rather than forward to higher prices.
Supply chain strategists therefore seek out alternative materials, cheaper fabrication methods and leaner working capital structures every single day. Agility that has been built into supply networks across nearly all industries allows executives to swap labor for capital, domestic for offshore, and in-store for online almost overnight.
Expect Low Inflation Going Forward Looking at the details of the CPI in terms of winning and keeping customers suggests that supply chain management will hold inflation in check in most areas. The first observation is that many spend categories with a high level of supply chain impact have seen very low inflation over the past year: The physical product elements aka commodities see very low inflation, while the service components experience higher inflation.
Going forward, and especially with the help of more artificial intelligence, sharing economy applications and cloud services, the labor cost drivers behind much of the price pressure on services should also abate.
The final piece of the inflation question for the future rests on the dynamics of content pricing.
For anyone who binge watches Breaking Bad, the effective price per unit of time spent is very low indeed. Pure content is a zero marginal cost product which means inflation has a very hard time taking root at the point of sale.
As this kind of consumption grows we should expect still less price pressure going forward. Add in the Bezos effect on healthcare and who knows how low inflation can go.
Beware the Vicious Circle For all the good supply chain does inhibiting inflation there remains one big problem: It is by far the largest spend category in the CPI and it is heavily driven by mortgage costs. Mortgage costs are driven by debt markets as well as the Federal Reserve, which is keen to keep inflation down by raising interest rates.IMS Health and Quintiles are now IQVIA.
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Singapore’s economic freedom score is , making its economy the 2nd freest in the Index. So I challenge my students to tell me one economic theory, Neo-Classical or Marxist or whatever, that can explain Singapore’s success.
There is no such theory because Singaporean reality combines extreme elements of capitalism and socialism.
May 25, Ladies and gentlemen, good morning. It is my honor to be in Singapore for the fifth annual MAS Asian Monetary Policy Forum. I would like to focus on the Fund’s view of key economic issues facing Asia at this moment of global economic strength. The Singapore Economic Review is a triannual journal devoted to the publication of high-quality theoretical and empirical papers on all aspects of economics with a special emphasis on the economic. The development experiences of Third World countries since the fifties have been staggeringly diverse—and hence very informative. Forty years ago the developing countries looked a lot more like each other than they do today.
Since independence in , the Singapore economy has experienced rapid economic development. Singapore's strong economic performance reflects the success of its open and outward-oriented development strategy.
Over the years, the composition of Singapore's exports has evolved from labour-intensive to high value-added products, such as electronics, chemicals and biomedical.