inflationary spiral


Definition of inflationary spiral

: a continuous rise in prices that is sustained by the tendency of wage increases and cost increases to react on each other

Examples of inflationary spiral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since then, the grown-ups have presided over a humiliating evacuation from Afghanistan, Covid vaccine confusion and drug shortages, a border free-for-all, an inflationary spiral, eye-watering energy prices, and even a baby-formula shortage. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 7 July 2022 Like most everyone else, Lemoine is losing purchasing power in the worst inflationary spiral to grip the U.S. since the early 1980s and is figuring out how to get by. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 15 July 2022 World Bank research studying the causes of inflation in Ethiopia suggests in an economy facing foreign exchange constraints, a devaluation can miss its target and set off an inflationary spiral. Hawi Dadhi, Quartz, 5 July 2022 The inflationary spiral, caused by the Covid pandemic and exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, has spilled over globally. Liz Capo Mccormick And Bloomberg, Fortune, 3 July 2022 She was said to believe that doing so would heighten Argentina’s inflationary spiral, and that logic has also inflected Fernández’s refusal to issue greater bills. Federico Perelmuter, The New Republic, 21 June 2022 Unfortunately for Bernanke, however, his book arrives just as this new framework is being put to the test, with an inflationary spiral taking hold, an economic slowdown on the horizon, and tech and crypto bubbles starting to burst. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 In addition to falling vacancy, some in the real estate industry point to an inflationary spiral as a reason rents are heading higher. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 While prices for many metals remain above prepandemic levels, their retreat from records eases some immediate concerns about supply shocks adding to an inflationary spiral. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of inflationary spiral

1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Inflationary spiral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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