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An Interview With Claudia Sahm: Gauging an Economy That’s Emerging From Covid-19

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Claudia Sahm is best known as a former section chief at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, a top economist in the Obama administration, and, from 2019 to 2020, director of macroeconomic policy at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Sahm is also the inventor of the so-called Sahm Rule, a real-time indicator that determines whether an economy has entered a recession.

But Sahm stirred up controversy last year on a different topic: She is the author of the popular blog macromom, where she published an incendiary post detailing the indignities suffered by women and other underrepresented groups in the economics profession. Sahm argued that a lack of diversity and inclusion is degrading economic knowledge and policy advice. Today, Sahm is senior fellow at the Jain Family Institute and runs her economics consultancy, Stay-At-Home Macro. We talked to her recently about when people are getting back to work, her outlook for inflation, and the…

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